"“When a ray of light approaches a smooth polished surface and the light bounces back, it is called the reflection of light. The surface which reflects the light is a reflecting surface”.
Having this in mind “Images of light” is simply the perfect title for this selection of works.
My pieces may be able to reflect light creating exactly “images of light”.
For this very particular show I am presenting two different bodies of work.
The first one which is made with plexiglass and wood is the mere representation of what I have mentioned above as the surfaces of my artworks are smooth, polished and the light reflects on them. Very curious to see how they change as the light bounces on them.
One day a collector of mine told me that my work every hour changes. He told also that it seems to have a different piece of mine every couple of hours during the day. This is something that I do love about my work. It is like something that evolves into many different works within itself.
I like to think of them as they all were living beings that, as time goes on, they change and evolve." / Nicolò Baraggioli
“Looking East” Project:
This body of work has been concepted, created and completed during the lockdown in London last March. I got interested in the virus, as everyone else – I assume – in the world and from this Covid-19 was coming from: China. So I read a lot about it and found out a more than two thousand-year-old culture which includes important components such as ceramics, architecture, music, literature, martial arts, cuisine, visual arts, philosophy and religion. But the most interesting discovery to me was their proverbs and sayings. In a moment so difficult we were all facing at that time, I found them very inspiring, positive and full of good vibes; so I have decided to study them and then created, using an analogical tool (my Iphone 6S Plus, a very old version of mobile phone), a sort of digital series of canvasses where I have translate from Chinese to English and write my favourite ones with an app on the canvasses. I wanted to homage those old culture / art / tradition by signing all the canvasses on the front of the work as a reference to the old master painters of the past. The linen canvasses (material used from the Chinese painter back in the days to paint and print their works) have been later printed on a thin alu-dibond plates, mounted and framed to give them a more traditional and authentic look.
"My work is characterized by its aspiration towards emotional detachment, towards antisubjectivity and coldness, proposing a peculiar emphasis on the object and its physicality. The artistic product is identified with its structure, with elements such as surfaces, materials, shapes, thickness, angles, chromaticism: the result is object. What I try to achieve is a result of non-expressive art, which is imposed through optical-perceptual messages originating from the dialogue between forms, light and space. The physical object becomes a preponderant element of the work of art: the support, the material, the color, take the place of representation. My work is based almost exclusively on the use of solid and essential geometric shapes, on modules that can be repeated and combined in almost infinite realization solutions, often small and medium-sized structures that enhance the estranging effect between reality in which the work is placed and the work itself. However, there are some works that instead seek the opposite effect, namely: the most sculptural installations, on the other hand, tend to occupy the surrounding environment more and more clearly, dialoguing and involving the exhibition space, which becomes an active component of my artistic work. All the works are characterized by their accentuated executive rigor, are composed with a few geometrically defined elements, adopting an essential lexicon, are presented as a variation of primary elements, pure, simple forms, with a chromatism that often coincides with that of the materials. In Zen thought it is said: "if something bores you after two minutes, try it for four. If you still get bored, try for eight, sixteen, thirty-two, and then again. You could probably find out that it's not boring but interesting". Repetition is also a key aspect of the aesthetics of the production of my work." / Nicolò Baraggioli