Figurative Geometry at Collezione Maramotti in Italy

Richard Tinkler, Book Four Volume Three Page Thirty One, 2016, pen on paper, 28 x 36 cm. Courtesy and © of the artist

The exhibition Figurative Geometry brings together works by nine artists who represent abstraction or abstract representation.

To these ends, geometry and figuration are intermingled. Shapes are shifted, geometry bends around itself and patterns emerge. Figuration suggests bodies in space as they come forward and recede. Numbers and their temporal register, for example, also refer to the number of seconds in a day.

Element of Time

Time is also one of the subjects of this show. All of these works have been hand-painted—in some cases, wet-into-wet in a single session. Although they exist primarily in two dimensions, the paintings—as well as the drawings—must also be considered as time based. Because many of them reveal their contents only gradually rather than immediately, an element of time exists between the image and its reception, between the viewer and the work.

For some of these artists, their primary means is painting. For others, painting is one aspect of their practice. The act of painting is represented in their work, and it can be seen as a statement.

In a period when anything hung on a wall will be instantly afforded the status of painting, we are confronted by “paintings” that have been made without paint. Some are created with printers and scanners or with the assistance of nature, bleached by the sun and stained by the rain. An engaged practice of painting, rather than a dismissed pursuit of the past, is ever more present.

Featured Artists

The artists in the show include:

Sadie Benning (American, lives and works in New York)
Alex Brown (American, lives and works in Des Moines, Iowa)
Mamie Holst (American, lives and works in Ft. Myers, Florida)
Chip Hughes (American, lives and works in New York)
Xylor Jane (American, lives and works in Greenfield, Massachusetts)
Robert Janitz (German, lives and works in New York)
Ulrike Müller (Austrian, lives and works in New York)
Nicolas Roggy (French, lives and works in Paris)
Richard Tinkler (American, lives and works in New York)

More Information

Collezione Maramotti
Via Fratelli Cervi 66
42124 Reggio Emilia – Italy
tel. +39 0522 382484

Admission is free during the opening hours of the permanent collection.

Thursday and Friday: 2.30 p.m. – 6.30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10.30 a.m. – 6.30 p.m.

Closed: November 1, December 25-26, January 1 and 6

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