The Artist Alberto Burri was born on March 12 1915 in the small Italian town of Città di Castello. He was a qualified physician and served in the Ethiopia campaign and then World War II both as a front line soldier and as a doctor. At the end of the war he spent some time in an American prisoner of war camp and when the war finished took up art as a vocation. By 1947 he had his first solo exhibition and by 1950 his multi material pieces using burlap bags and household linen won him international acclaim. In further multi material work he used scorched wood, cold-rolled steel and melted plastic in his compositions.
By 1963 he had began a dialogue with minimalism and his majestic large scale paintings of induced craquelure for me are a particular highlight. He took this craquelure idea to an even bigger scale in Grande cretto (1985–89), one of the largest land at works realised, it was built over the ruins of Gibellina, a Sicilian town destroyed by a 1968 earthquake. The individual “nodes” of the craquelure become buildings and the cracks little alley ways that criss cross this minimalist, megalithic, memorial sculpture.
One of the common themes in Burri’s work is atrophy and decay but not in a nihilistic sense, instead the framing and artful arranging of scorched and cracked materials imbues a mediation on the beauty of this universal truth. Everything put together will fall apart. The artists eye often finds beauty where others see decay or imperfection and Burri for one channels this in sacks, melted plastic and cracked paint.
These low-fi, grainy, surreptitiously taken images have a great power to them. They were taken at airports with a zoom lens which adds to their voyeuristic feel. The thick jam jar airliner windows both obscure, warp, imprison and concentrate the action. It’s what we don’t see here and the vague shadowy ambiguous nature of what we do, that lets us engage and fill in the rest. The results can be ethereal, contemplative or slightly unsettling. John Schabel plugs us into the small internal dramas that occur when you are packed in a metal tube waiting to be launched forty thousand feet into the air. It is moment that all of us who have flown ( Nowadays that includes almost everyone ) can relate to, we are in-between spaces neither here or there. In the brief moment of the click of the camera Schabel has captured private moments on public transport.
A distillation of the London skyline by Stephen Longwill.For art prints, pillows,t-shirts and more of Stephen’s work click here
Park life in London Fields by Stephen Longwill.
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Night and day in what looks like a brasilian favela (anonymous), if anyone can let me know who took these then I can credit them.
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