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【Review】“IMAGO” Francesco D´Adamo Online ExhibitionTime:2021-03-19

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Organized by Dobe Group, Sino Italian Design Exchange Center, the personal online exhibition “IMAGO” of artist Francesco D'Adamo inaugurated at 12.00 Italian time on March 19, 2021. The exhibition supported by Comune di Firenze, Quartiere 4 Comune di Firenze, Shanghai Promotion Center for City of Design and Shanghai International Culture Association, VR technical support from He Chao Arts & Culture.

 

 

Preface

In this exhibition, the painter Francesco D'Adamo presents a selection of recent works collected under the name of Imago. Continuing the path outlined in the past years he moves towards more rarefied and dilated shores, where the tonal values unfold in a rich palette and the overall composition seems to be suspended between a final manifestation and its absence. The images emerge on the canvas crossed by a musical gesture and characterized by a strong lyrical and narrative element, showing us a surface that albeit abandoning figurative elements deeply speaks to us of places, emotions and memories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist introduction

 
 
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Francesco D’Adamo

Painter and musician

He was born in Siena, Italy in 1979. In 2006 he moved to Bologna, where the painting came back as a constant and fundamental presence in his life and over time gradually became his main activity. The following years saw his first exhibitions in the city and the participation at various art fairs and events over Europe and Asia. This first decade of painting research and experimentation brought on Francesco the interest of collectors and art lovers from all over the world.

His painting research is rooted in Italian informalism and American abstract expressionism, with particular emphasis on a continuous dialogue between visual and musical language. The sign and its rhythm, layered surfaces, a strong palette and the use of different techniques, all flow together to create a lyrical and yet deeply concrete image.

 

 

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The artist's works
 

 

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Aria di Vetro
mixed media on canvas
56x78 cm, 2018

 

 

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Alter Ego
mixed media on canvas
90x100 cm, 2019

 

 

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Terre d'Acqua
mixed media on canvas
50x70 cm, 2017

 

 

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Clessidra
mixed media on canvas
50x80 cm, 2020

 

 

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Lighthouse
mixed media on canvas
100x130 cm, 2020

 

 

 

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The Blue Rider
oil painting on canvas
65x90 cm, 2020

 

 

 

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Morfosi 

oil painting on canvas

95x155 cm, 2020

 

 

 

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Imbrunire
mixed media on canvas
100x130 cm, 2019

 

 

 

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Iram
mixed media on canvas
110x150 cm, 2020

 

 

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Kerberos
mixed media on canvas
120x130 cm, 2020

 

 

 

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Knossos
mixed media on canvas
100x140 cm, 2020

 

 

 

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Maestrale
grease tempera on canvas
90x120 cm, 2020

 

 

 

 

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A Due Voci
mixed media on canvas
75x94cm, 2018

 

 

 

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Metamorfosi
mixed media on canvas
130x200 cm, 2020

 

 

 

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Weeping Willow
mixed media on canvas
100x148 cm, 2019

 

 

 

 
 
Interview
 

 

Sino Italian Design Exchange Center

 

From Siena to Bologna, what has made painting become your main activity?

Francesco D’Adamo

For most of my life painting has not been among my priorities, despite the fact that I have been familiar with it since my childhood. Then ten years ago something clicked which made me start again in a very intensive way and since then I haven't stopped, to the point that over the years it has become my main activity, and also my job. I remember well what set all this in motion, namely the desire to devote myself to something accessible and at the same time indefinitely complex, able to enthral you for a long time, a silent activity that could be carried out from start to finish all by yourself. A series of circumstances made all this emerge in a very precise moment, and so far it has never faded away. To answer your question more directly, I would say just a need, ignored for too long, and of which today I would no longer be able to live without.

 

 

Sino Italian Design Exchange Center

 

What are the motivations for your art?

Francesco D’Adamo

I'll be very honest, the act of painting gives me so much pleasure that it ultimately requires no other motivation. It has an impact on many different levels and among all of them, I think the sense of discovery is so strong to keep regenerating my motivation. Clearly, over the years I needed to structure and focus my work, the process became more complex and in general many things changed, yet at its core that feeling has remained the same.

 

 

Sino Italian Design Exchange Center

 

The founder of abstract painting Wassily Kandinsky believes that the colours could be audible, what do you think?

Francesco D’Adamo

I think it is a very clever and suggestive statement, and we can read it as an invitation to produce vivid paintings, but colour/light and sounds are different physical phenomena, not influenced by each other and that our body reads with different "tools". Yet biological and cultural elements create connections between them that we cannot ignore and our language, in an attempt to describe them, often mixes images and sounds. So we might say that a painting has a clear rhythm, or that composition has dark tints. An image can be noisy, or a song very colourful. It's just another way to discuss and share something really hard to put into words, and in many cases, it is useful to find a common ground and introduce someone to a lesser-known language. By the way, I don't think the process of abstraction in painting has a founder or a beginning date and I don't want to recognize the juxtaposition of figurative and abstract images. For me, it's all part of the same representation and narration which have been with us since the beginning. However, there is no doubt that the painters from the last century, such as Kandinsky, played a crucial role in opening Pandora's box. 

 

 

Sino Italian Design Exchange Center

 

How does your work represent the dialogue between visual and musical language?

Francesco D’Adamo

It does so by trying to put in relation their formal values, their fundamental and constitutive elements, their gestures. Attempting to translate the elements of one into the other and vice versa, in order to establish a dialogue, a link. This is not an exercise in style, nor do I aim to prove anything, as stated above music and painting are two different and independent disciplines. But they are sisters, and they often wear each other's clothes. And this dialogue helps me as I work to solve visual and musical problems, and I think it helps the spectators too as they have more resources to read what they're seeing or hearing.

 

 

Sino Italian Design Exchange Center

 

What do you think is the direction of the development of contemporary art?

Francesco D’Adamo

Contemporary art is a very vast phenomenon and I don't think I have the analysis and synthesis skills required to properly answer your question. It is difficult to establish its direction if indeed one clearly emerges, but for sure a key element is the mixing of different mediums. There are contemporary works that manage to combine new languages and traditions with tremendous skill, intelligence and still maintaining a strong sensorial impact. For example, the installation "Can't Help Myself" by Sun Yuan and Peng Yu (Venice Biennale 2019) or "Senza Titolo" by Giorgio Andreotta Calò (Venice Biennale 2017) come to my mind. They also succeed in establishing a strong link with the audience without any need for a cultural mediation or introduction, another aspect that I really appreciate. With that being said, I think, although so many new paths have already been covered, even in the ocean of contemporary art, painting can still have its own role, its uniqueness and will always keep its mystery.

 
 

 

 


Exhibitions

2020

AAF Online Art Fair

AAF Art Fair, Milan

2019

AAF Art Fair London Battersea Autumn, London

Arte in Studio, Curated by Arte Mea and Serena Cassissa, Milan

La mi porti un bacione a Firenze?, Macelleria d’Arte Gallery, St. Gallen, CH

Coolstreet Tour 2019, Bologna

AAF Art Fair, HKCEC Wan Chai, Hong Kong

AAF Art Fair, Hampstead Heath, London

BIENNALE SOLIERA, Castello Campori, Soliera

DYSSOMNIA, Solo exhibition, Muse ArtSpace, Hong Kong

AAF Art Fair, Tour & Taxis, Brussels

AAF Art Fair, Superpiù Studio, Milan

2018

DISCANTO, Solo exhibition, Spazio 212, Bologna

AAF Art Fair, Amsterdam

AAF Art Fair London Battersea Autumn, London

AAF Art Fair, Stockholm

Art Bodensee, Messe Dornbirn, Austria

AAF Art Fair, HKCEC Wan Chai, Hong Kong

AAF Art Fair, Hampstead Heath, London

Harbour Art Fair, Kowloon, Hong Kong

AAF Art Fair, Tour & Taxis, Brussels

Paratissima Bologna, Sede IAAD, Bologna

AAF Art Fair, Superpiù Studio, Milan

2017

Trame di Carta, Solo exhibition, Mondadori Bookstore, Cesena (FC)

CHIMERE, Solo exhibition, Palazzo SS. Salvatore, San Giovanni in Persiceto (BO)

AAF Art Fair, Stockholm

Antwerp Art Fair, Antwerp Expo, Antwerp

When Classic meets Rock, Solo exhibition, Habitu, Hong Kong

21° Biennale Nazionale di Pittura, Group exhibition, Castello Campori, Soliera (MO)

Perlarte, group exhibition, Loggia della Fornace, Rastignano (BO)

Around the World in 7 Days, Group exhibition, by Great Banyan Art, New Delhi

AAF Art Fair, Brussels

AAF Art Fair, Milan

2016

Lux Art Fair, Luxembourg

AAF Art Fair, Stockholm

AAF Art Fair, Hong Kong

2015

MikroKosmos, solo exhibition, Bologna

Quinta Rassegna di Arte Contemporanea,Ca’ dei Carraresi, Treviso

Limbico, solo exhibition, Black Market Studio, Bologna

Preludi, solo exhibition, Sancini Laboratorio Orafo, Bologna

2014

Sinestesie, solo exhibition, Moliendo Cafè, Bologna

Dissonante, solo exhibition, Der Standard,Bologna

Diffrazioni, solo exhibition, Bologna

 

 

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