Jan 142008
 

This series of landscapes commemorating the hills of Tuscany is most notable for the peculiar dynamics acted out by the trees. The artist achieves a powerful sense of movement through complex linear winding, but not only: almost every trunk, and sometimes branch, begins with one color but ends with another. The juxtaposition of hues, as well as directions of the main lines describing the trees, produces an effect of constant movement and change — and conflict. I think that the mobility of the growth is unusual and high enough as to mark it as the protagonist, an almost living character in the series. (I am not very fond of such formulaic conclusions, where the plot, or some other structural element is assigned the role of the principal actor, even though allegorically, but this time the comparison seems more than justified.)

It is evident that the artist experiments with mediums, on the conceptual level, trying to figure out which befits most each and every season of the year. Though watercolor holds the stage, gouache plays an important second part, showing — or showing off — astonishing detail and depth and an oddly opaque iridescence of coloring, sometimes transcending to volume and space “swelling,” which endows the painted surface with a phantasmagoric dimension. It seems that gouache suits winter and autumn best (considering the artist’s style), excelling in reproducing the effects of subdued and diffused light. This is the first time I encounter professional gouache artwork, and I certainly hope not the last.

The watercolors may at times seem unpredictable, and bubbly, in the most literal meaning of the word. The two purple paintings include bubbles in various forms, some reminding of defects appearing on old black and white films and daguerreotypes — here we are, back to photography again. Anyhow, either small or big, they conjure the ghosts of pointillism, but with an original twist. The final result amounts to several layers of color being superimposed, once again contributing to depth and varied rendering of space. In simple words, I think that what makes these paintings so interesting is that yes, we can look at the trees, — but we can also look between them.

Though the artist’s original intention was to depict the hills in various seasons during the course of one year, he appears to have leaped back to much more distant eras. Some of the trees bear a resemblance to mesozoic tree-ferns. If it weren’t for the path dissecting the ground in one of the pieces, the illusion of ancient wilderness would have been perfect. But perhaps the artist was aware of that quality: the exotic viewing angles, and compositions involving close ups and panoramic views shake the onlooker up, in a very primitive (basic) and violent way, prompting associations with the dawn of civilization and the beginning of life on our planet. And thus, the series as a whole work as a kind of a force of nature — and, most of all, — of human nature.

  2 Responses to “Alessandro Andreuccetti: Tuscany Hills”

  1. Hi Ilya,
    I must definitively thank you for your deep critics about my works. I really enjoyed the reading of your words esplaning my gestures and my thougth and my colors and my shapes and so on…
    You centered my point of view for sure.
    And you are right when you talk about angels: they are humans but…

    I love your style, Ilya and your work.

    I’m working for my solo show sometime during this year and I’ll put your critics in my book. When ready I’ll ask you your mail for post the book to your home.

    Thank you

    Alessandro

  2. Hi Alessandro,

    It has been a pleasure writing about your work. Thank you for the kind words, which also are very motivating.

    Good Luck with the solo show, you certainly deserve it — in fact, the range of your work requires it. I can’t wait for that book to get out of the printing house! It’ll be interesting to see something written for the internet travel to a more conventional publishing project.

    As always, you are more than welcome to visit this place, which I hope will continue to expand.

    All the Best,

    Elijah

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