Bridget Riley. 1963
Abstract Structuralism

Bridget Riley

Bridget Riley is an abstract painter who came to prominence in the American Op Art movement of the 1960s, after her inclusion in the 1965 exhibition “The Responsive Eye” at The Museum of Modern Art. There, her black-and-white paintings—which created illusions of movement—were shown alongside works by Victor Vasarely, Richard Anuszkiewicz, Frank Stella, and Ellsworth Kelly, among others. Continue Reading


Train to rural China

Backstage shot of the ride to production site through the Huhang Railway (滬杭鐵路) between Shanghai and Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province. Chinese high speed trains are comfortable, very comfortable.

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Cruising in Dubai

Emirates stopover

Finally I reserved some time to update a backstage post on this blog. Few weeks ago me and Alberto jumped in Dubai for some meetings in the Emirates. We left Milan at 15°C and after a short night we landed in a 45+°C on fire Dubai in the early morning. We found ourself cruising along Sheikh Zayed Road in the first morning traffic, heading to Dubai mall for breakfast.

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Maser’s contemporary color utopia

Maser from Dublin is one of the artist that keeps impressing me through powerful, colorful, optical installations. A bold style that reminds me of Canadian designers Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte and Jakub Zak who pooled their design practices under the epithet Oeuffice. But Maser’s installations set in public spaces and environments scale to a brand new level. A selection of artworks follows.

Artworks, Schemochromes

Bandit (Free will)

Unique Sarteri’ schemochrome mixed tecnique on linen with unraveled borders. – 42,5 x 42,5 cm, 2014

Costante Girardengo (18 March 1893 – 9 February 1978) was an Italian professional road bicycle racer, considered by many to be one of the finest riders in the history of the sport. He was the first rider to be declared a “Campionissimo” or “champion of champions” by the Italian media and fans. He has been immortalised in Italian popular culture through the critically acclaimed song “Il Bandito e il Campione” by Francesco De Gregori that juxtaposes his life with that of his childhood friend the notorious bandit and outlaw Sante Pollastri. Pollastri was arrested in Paris in 1927 by men of the Commissioner Guillaume, betrayed by an informer tipped off the police. He was there for a stage of the Tour de France, won by Girardengo few minutes before he got caught. He was sentenced to life imprisonment but was pardoned in 1959 by then President Giovanni Gronchi. He spent the last twenty years of his life in Novi Ligure, where he has been a street vendor. He died in 1979, a year after the disappearance of Girardengo.

* Illustrations by talented Riccardo Guasco

Artworks, Schemochromes

Sirte gunmetal morning glory

Sarteri’ schemochrome, 100×100 cm spraypaint & acrylic on canvas, 2014

The schemochrome represents a visual code where army green color-rods interact with desert morning glory blond rods in square modules over a gunmetal background.

The city of Sirte was the final major stronghold of Gaddafi loyalists in the Libyan civil war and Gaddafi was killed there by rebel forces on 20 October 2011. During the battle, Sirte was left almost completely in ruins, with many buildings totally destroyed or damaged. The Artist was touched by a war scene where armed vehicles were passing by a morning glory bush, right in the middle of nowhere in the Libyan desert. Life and nature was still there in a desert of death and destruction.

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Karen Dow neo-plastic thoughts

Relationships between color and geometry are at the core of the practice of New Haven, Connecticut-based artist Karen Dow. With their rhythmic arrangements of loosely rendered rectangles, her “non-objective, neo-plastic” paintings and monoprints have drawn comparisons to Bauhaus weavings, De Stijl, and the “crazy quilts” of the African-American folk tradition. The paintings are cumulative, developing over time as she adds details by painting washes of gouache, sending a piece through the printing press several times, or even hanging materials from the canvas. “I add and edit colors until I arrive at the palette. I am looking for economy without compromising complexity,” Dow has said. “I want to arrive at a painting that is easily seen at once as a complete thought. A painting is resolved when I see a path that leads my eye through the painting without a snag.”

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Nick Frank: architectural photograpy

Nick Frank, Sony World Photo Awards Finalist of 2014, is an architectural photographer from Munich Germany who depicts the world through his camera creating solid compositions of architectural urban and industrial environments. His latest projects caught our attention. His focus on urban details, subways, colors and schemes let us include his works in our definition of abstract structuralism.

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