Ballpoint Pen on Cardboard, 14,8 x 10,5 cm, July 2020
A uniform color, without darkening it too much, leaves a thin veil between the image and our eyes. Do not insist on the dark deliberately to highlight the medium tones and block the vision to a previous state any act of insistence on blacks. I stopped because this has to be visible.
un colore uniforme, senza scurirlo troppo, lascia un velo sottile tra l’immagine e i nostri occhi. Non insistere sullo scuro deliberatamente per evidenziare i toni medi e bloccare la visione a uno stato precedente alcun atto di insistenza sui neri. Mi sono fermato perché questo deve essere ben visibile.
Born during a live session, this series defines my understanding of the very nature of painting as documentation of the very nature of time. Linked to the need for constriction of the live session, the construction of the images takes place in a precise temporal sequence and constitutes the work of art regardless of the number of sheets. The whole session is a unique work and testimony of the formal act because it is documented and therefore interpretable in its expressive technical development.
During the quarantine more than ever I thought about suspended time, trying to transfigure it into the vision regarding the enjoyment of a non-negative but surprising and wonderful natural event. The choice fell on the glow that refers to the perennial, disarming human condition and helpless when faced with natural events.
The Mediterranean theme represented everything I was craving for at that moment, just before spring in gloomy Paris, longing for a time blooming in the branches of trees, and still so far away. And then Covid 19 struck and we all got quarantined, and felt as if summer itself would not happen this year. I’ve been truly amazed and humbled to see that so many immensely talented artists got inspired by The Mediterranean theme and responded to the call. Maybe because it felt like a long lost dream. The blossoms, the sea salt, a strayed towel laying lazily on a rock, fresh lime on a blue bowl, the Mediterranean is indeed a spirit, melting the Greek and Roman myths to the French Riviera, the island of Corsica where I am from, the Lebanese food, olive oil and terracotta roofs. The Mediterranean is a state mind, a golden skin and long afternoon nap, a family dinner, an evening breeze, an anisette.
You’ll find drawings, paintings, pottery, all United by the Mediterranean vibe.
I feel proud to release The Mediterranean, a Curators Exclusive Collection.