Eduardo Secci Contemporary presents THAT FEELING

Curated by Domenico de Chirico

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Eduardo Secci Contemporary is pleased to presenting the exhibition ‘That feeling’, curated by  Domenico de Chirico, showcasing works by Tamina Amadyar, Alice Browne, Joshua Citarella,  Michael Debatty, Stephen Felton, Heather Guertin, Hanna Hur, Sofia Leiby, Alexander Lieck,  Matthew Musgrave, Hayal Pozanti, Zoé de Soumagnat.  Since 1959, art critic Clement Greenberg (1909–1994), a supporter of the  Color field  trend, formu- lated a new kind of abstract art, which he called  Post-painterly abstraction  and basically consists  of large colour-filled backgrounds, adherent to the support and with very minimal chromatic va – riations.  The  shape  becomes  the  protagonist,  whereas  subject  and  content  gradually  disappear.

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According  to  Greenberg,  ars  est  demonstrare  is  the  principle  that,  ever  since  the  Impressionism,   has inspired artists to elect their medium to the only content of art, with a greater attention to the  two-dimensionality of the painting. Moreover, he was very attracted by the writings of Benedetto  Croce (1866–1952), of which he cites the Aesthetic (1902) several times, a text in which the Italian  neo idealist considered intuition as the spirit’s first form of life. Art is defined as an intuition-expression,  two inseparable terms, according to which it would be impossible to perceive without expressing,  and vice versa. This dialectic means that what the artist perceives is the same image that he/she  creates,  by  inspiration,  from  a  consideration  of  what  is  real,  thus  meaning  that  the  artwork  is  the   undifferentiated unity of the perception of what is real and of the simple image of what is possible.

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Fond  of  the  concept  of  this  inseparability,   That  feeling   can  be  seen  as  a  new  and  provocative   condition of openness in regards to the most different forms of expression, whose beauty would be  nothing but the ‘adequacy of the expression’ in the forms, the signs and the colours, i.e.: the open  pictorial  spaces,  nudes  and  abstracts  by   Tamina  Amadyar ;  the  colour,  the  consistency  and  the   volume immersed in a dimension of emotional worldliness by  Alice Browne ; the pristine and magi- cally digitalized surfaces by  Joshua Citarella ; the spaces for alternative visions by  Michael Debatty ;  the rounded lines, light hues and extremely simplified forms by  Stephen Felton ; the abstract spaces  and characters, first invented and then narrated, by  Heather Guertin ; the curves and sketches that,  through the use of drawing tools and traditional materials, smoothly emerge from the paintings by  Hanna Hur ; the marks and pulses related to the graphology and psychometrics that are exhibited  through improvised choreographies in the paintings by  Sofia Leiby ; the emotional and interrupted  gestures  within  the  abstract  paintings  by   Alexander Lieck ;  the  interest  by   Matthew  Musgrave to  think  through  painting,  considering  its  nature  as  changing  and  expansive;  a  made-up  alphabet,  algorithms and hybrid figures in the geometric paintings by  Hayal Pozanti ; the intimate meditations  and the sensual distortions, cut, washed, underlined and fantasised within the paintings by  Zoé de  Soumagnat. Domenico de Chirico

www.eduardosecci.com Via P. Eugenio Barsanti, 1 _ 55040 Pietrasanta (LU) / IT  T. (+39) 0584 70322 _ pietrasanta@eduardosecci.com Piazza Carlo Goldoni, 2 _ 50123 Firenze (FI) / IT T .  (+39) 055 661356

THAT  FEELING: Tamina Amadyar / Alice Browne / Joshua Citarella / Michael Debatty / Stephen Felton / Heather Guertin /  Hanna Hur / Sofia Leiby / Alexander Lieck / Matthew Musgrave /  Hayal Pozanti / Zoé de Soumagnat /  OPENING / 08.09.2016 _ 6.30pm-8.30pm Exhibition dates / 08.09.2016_12.11.2016  Monday-Saturday _ 10am – 1:30pm & 2:30pm – 7pm

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