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Giovanni
Castell

New Ways of Painting

26.02. 26.03.2016
Alessandro Casciaro
Art Gallery
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Tree years after his last solo show with the Gallery, Giovanni Castell returns with a new cycle of works in which he is not concerned with merely reproducing an actual three dimensional space on a two dimensional image plane but want to move on and achieve a new technical and artistic dimension. When using the latest digital editing techniques, photographic and painting elements merge: Castell mixes fragments of his own photographs and elements he has come across on the Internet with renderings, i.e. virtual drawings and paintings which he has created himself, with the photographic fragments being pushed increasingly into the background and then as it were disappearing completely, as for example in the new series of landscapes. Everything here has been created digitally. Castell’s intention is not to imitate or interpret, but to create a new reality. The artist has perceived his spaces and landscapes – but not in reality, but rather in his mind’s eye, and he turns these into images, just as a painter does. His artworks are not photographs, they are paintings. Castell is an explorer and visionary in the use of these new possibilities. He creates paintings both cheerful as well as melancholy, overwhelming as well as touching, romantic, dreamy places of longing, mysterious, surreal urban landscapes, beautiful, impressionistic nature scenes. And he provides a totally personal reply to the question as to what painting – even more than photography – can mean today.
 
Giovanni Castell was born 1962 in Munich. He worked for years as a self-taught product, design and fashion photographer before beginning his career in the late 1980s as an artist. Lives and works in Hamburg.
 
Exhibition (selection): 201516 IKE-Pavillon, Bad Gastein (A); 2015 “Still”, Galerie Foto Forum, Bolzano (I); 2013 “Aporie”, Galleria Goethe, Bolzano (I); “Flowers & Mushrooms”, Museum Salzburg (A); 2012 Kunsthaus Hamburg (D); Museion, Museo d’arte moderna e contemporanea, Bolzano (I); 2011 “Boxen und Blumen”, Foto Raum, Wien (A); Museum Weishaupt, Münster (D); 2010 Galerie Nikolaus Ruzicska, Salzburg (A); “Giovanni Castell”, Galleria Goethe, Bolzano (I); 2009 “Landscapes and Nature of Art”, ARCOS, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Sannio, Benevento (I); 2008 “Der Garten Eden”, Kunsthalle Emden und Städtische Galerie Bietigheim-Bissingen; 2007 found Galerie, Hamburg (D); Galerie Anna Augstein Fine Arts, Berlin (D); 2006 Galerie Nikolaus Ruzicska, Salzburg (A); 2005 “Nachtlandschaften”, Galerie 22, Hamburg (D); 2003 IKE-Pavillon, Bad Gastein (A); 1999 Freiraum Fleetinsel, Hamburg (D)

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