“Face to Face Projections” Exhibition
Opening night: November 25, 19.30
November 25 to December 7, 2018
Treeland Gallery, Via Nazionale 148R, Firenze, FI
Face to face, eye to eye, word to word, communication silent or spoken opens an entire two set of worlds to each other that dwell in two people – sometimes intimates, sometimes strangers. A fusion of intellectual thought, emotional glances, and spiritual connectivity take place between two people who give their time for one another, whether it be in conversation or silent gestures. However, an inescapable fact always seems to steal away into the realm of forgetfulness or unawareness: every face to face encounter is weighed by the filter of projections that either distort, color, or polish true reality. This way of projection is a vocation held most intimately by artists, since in the words of Pablo Picasso, “We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.” Even the most honest artists cannot escape this fact.
In this exhibition, a mix of international and local artists of diverse styles approach the same subject matter of portraiture and figure drawing and painting. Demonstrating – knowingly or unknowingly – their own projections of their models, the artists delve either into idealistic visions or vain attempts of the authentic, ranging from subtle psychological projections within realistic canons or tossing aside such canons altogether to dive into deeply exaggerated expressions. From every artistic style, even the most realistic of them, one cannot stray from the filter of the artist’s soul that sees all the world from the single-point perspective of self. Every universal reality such as the human face or the human form receives the full range of multi-colored and multi-varied particular realities developed by every individual. Like a collage of daily human experience, Face to Face Projections seeks to valorize the unique experiential reality of every artist in their encounter with a model as portrayed on canvas or paper.
To extend the experience further, the viewer ought to become aware of their own susceptibility to project onto the portraits and figures they encounter. A new work of invisible art is thus created: a projection of a projection held within the mind of the viewer, which banishes the dualism between art and life as art becomes a lived experience of the viewer as well as the artist himself.