Alessandro Twombly
Parallel Landscapes

Blondeau & Cie

September 19, 2013

Alessandro Twombly
Parallel Landscapes

September 12–December 21, 2013

Blondeau & Cie
5, rue de la Muse
CH-1205 Geneva
Switzerland

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www.blondeau.ch

Blondeau & Cie is proud to present at its space at 5 rue de la Muse a solo exhibition of Alessandro Twombly. After the sculptures and works on paper exhibited in 2012, here are superlative new acrylics on canvas.

Two series, both dated 2013, ricochet around a nature-inspired motif, a recurrent subject with Twombly. The series of five “Untitled (Tropical Blooms)” seems to take its title from the dazzling cerulean blue that forms the background for these ascending vegetal forms. The ten works in the series “Untitled (Parallel Landscapes)” reveal figures inspired by nature, on a grey background that is the product of a quite different sensibility, one perhaps infused with nostalgia.

The confrontation of the two series highlights the different compositional elements and presents diverging scales of intensity. The “Tropical Blooms” soar up as though still vibrating from the impulse that launched them; they slash through the radiant blue. Marginal in nature, cerulean color extracts the subject from its natural environment while accentuating its vegetal identity. The margins of figuration and abstraction are here outlined.

The ”Parallel Landscapes” are organised into whirling natural elements, one above the other, creating parallel landscapes, as the series title suggests. The vivid hues, a constant in Twombly’s production, seem more discreet here than in previous works, foregrounding the expressivity of the brushstrokes. The material nature of the paint is revealed to the spectator and emanates a wonderful impression of freedom.

From one painting to the other, the shapes inspired by nature are multiplied, declined and recomposed into pure vegetal matter. In these canvases of common motif, the spectator can dwell on the rhythm created between the paintings while discovering the singularities of each.

Alessandro Twombly was born in 1959 in Rome. Today he lives and works in Capranica in the countryside near Rome. The nature motif has always been present in Twombly’s work. Between abstraction and figuration, he has maintained an exoticism in his most recent acrylics that will ravish the spectator with its immediacy and intensity.