2 – 6 December 2015
The Strand Gallery, 32 John Adam St, London
Opening night: Wednesday 2 December, 6 – 8.00 pm
Thursday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm
Cromoflix is pleased to present Urban Intimacy, a group exhibition showcasing the works of four international artists who are part of Cromoflix online community.
Dark and seductive portraits of individuals and the city disclose dreamlike glimpses of intimate moments. Winsome and powerful, the figures staring out at the viewer open into our innermost space, whilst urban views dissolve the city into intangible memory traces – that become our own. Encompassing introspection and language, travel exploration and self discovery, these works explore the constant friction between an individual and their surroundings in defining identity and a sense of belonging.
Construction sites, factories and garbage dumps are the main settings portrayed in Anna Capolupo’s works. By tracing the skeleton of the suburbs on paper she revives the old world of the outskirts through bright and vivid lashings of colour. The artist defines these urban fields as non-places in every city but belonging to none. Losing their referential meaning, these portraits become the transient memory trace of a living being, inhabiting the rough architecture of the city landscape. As in the nude series, the details of a vision get dispelled into the evocation of a remembered atmosphere.
Taida Jaserevic’s artistic production is strongly fascinated by the changeable nature of water, which makes everything it covers seem impalpable, elusive and out of our grasp. In the series We’re all made of stars, pearl-like drops of water decorate the skin of her black and white portraits, conveying a sense of transient fragility. Ancient Bosnian Cyrillic scripts emerge from this illusive atmosphere, like an effigy of a universal beauty transcending the time and ephemerality of life.
Surreal and gothic at times, the expressive yet evanescent drawings by Noumeda Carbone are black and white portraits of eclectic women, provoking the viewer with their seductive confident solitude. In Portrait 32 the six long fingers on the hand holding a cigarette suggest a charming, beckoning movement as to be encouraged to get closer. Carbone’s abstract landscapes are a maze of twisted pulsing branches with splashes of vivid colours amongst their black thorns. Nests of bursting bubbles and lush leaves, curving and branching vegetal forms flourish lively on paper, rich in details.
Yasmine Dainelli’s thematic exploration leads the viewer on a journey through glimpses of the city suburbs embedded into dense, fascinating prints. By means of instinctive lines and big black spots, the urban landscape is presented as a photographic negative. Swirling dark strokes seem to scratch the outlines of the buildings, enhancing the geometric shape of the metropolitan boroughs. Rich in gesture and texture, these realistic portraits embody the roughness and the veracity of city life framed by the artist into intimate yet vivid souvenirs.
About the artists:
Anna Capolupo was born in Lamezia Terme (Italy) in 1983. She lives and works between Turin and Florence. In 2009 she gained a degree in painting at the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Florence. She won the International Art Prize Limen 2015. Recently, she had her first solo show in a public art institution, the MACA Museum of Contemporary Art Acri.
Noumeda Carbone is a Florence based award winning artist with a portfolio spanning the world of fashion, street art, illustration, sculpture and painting. Her work has been commissioned internationally and featured in 200 Best Illustrators worldwide 09/10, Juxtapoz Magazine and Hi-Fructose. Her clients include Vogue Trends Italia, Leo Burnett, Pitti Immagine and The Guardian, among others.
Yasmine Dainelli was born in Livorno in 1987. She currently lives in London and works between Italy and the UK. In 2012, she finished her studies in Painting from L’Accademia di Belle Arti and in Printmaking at ‘Il Bisonte’, in Florence. She has taken part in several International exhibitions including Interfaces at the Barbican Centre, London in 2015.
Taida Jasarevic Hefford was born in Sarajevo. She gained a PhD in Fine Arts at Joshibi University of Art and Design, Japan in 2010. She is a member of The Committee of University of Art for Print Studies in Japan (2009). Since 2002 her works have been exhibited internationally also receiving awards from the Japan Print Association, Guanlan Print Biennial, and Krakow Print Triennial, among others.
Special thanks to the curators of the exhibition, Alice Montanini and Tarik Berber!