Marcello De Angelis. Ask The Skin

IAGA Contemporary Art dedicates a new solo exhibition, entitled Ask The Skin to the artist Marcello De Angelis (Villafranca, 1977), proposing a selection of recent and very recent works made with the new technique to which the artist has been working for several years: the “Mould Painting”. This consists in making paintings obtained by using expanded polyethylene boards, which become real “moulds” with the help of which the acrylic is stretched and layered on the surface of the canvas, obtaining moulds full of material memory, monochrome backgrounds that vibrate according to the light source projected on the work itself.

A slow and very delicate process that opens up even to the chance, understood as a possibility given by the lack of total control that De Angelis can exercise during the imprinting: thus, the artist experiences, slowly, day by day, what happens in this processing of the colour that is arranged on the surface “imprinted” by already existing surfaces, chosen on the basis of the texture that characterizes them and which will thus be transposed into the pictorial field.

The process of execution is then very slow: the artist allows each chromatic level to layer and solidify on the support, verifying how the incidence of light causes the colour to fade differently on the canvas. He draws elaborate designs in advance to anticipate how the compositional parts will be arranged, from the arrangement of colours to the tracing of marks that frame and cross the painting, he numbers the various elements that make up his diptychs and polyptychs, given that the rhythmic score is another fundamental aspect of De Angelis’ work.

Curated by Ilaria Bignotti

An exhibition realized by IAGA Contemporary Art

Exhibition venue

IAGA Contemporary Art
Strada Cloşca n. 9-11, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Visiting hours
From Tuesday to Saturday for free, between 2.00 and 6.00 pm and by appointment

June 22-July 29, 2023

Thursday June 22, 2023, at 6:00 pm

Press release (EN)

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