Nimbus or Square Halo and Watteau’s Drawing
curated by Gianluca Brogna
First solo show at the gallery featuring Sergio Breviario.
The title reflects the unconventional way the artist examines the language of art, not just showing the outcome of his research, but creating an alternative and personal world where the work comes to life.
The public is accustomed to Sergio Breviario’s unpredictability, constantly using new exhibition frameworks to trigger an artistic process.
Here, too, the exhibit will be dynamic, at times unstable – necessary to demonstrate the idea that states: the artwork is not just the thing placed on a pedestal but the image of that thing that is created in the mind of the viewer. This is what art is for – moving our gaze a bit further. (Sergio Breviario)
As deliberately revealed by the title, its components that develop the imagery the exhibit refers to are: the nimbus, or square halo, and Watteau’s drawing.
The citation of Antoine Watteau is linked to the story of perhaps his most famous painting, Gilles, which the artist painted around 1718 for his friend, the theatre actor Belloni. It’s a portrait of Belloni dressed as Pierrot, who, looking closely, seems to have a halo around his head. The painting
Secondly, there is the element of the
While in Watteau’s painting, the halo is a suggestion of the viewer, in Sergio Breviario’s cognitive process, it becomes a topos. Because the saints are eclectic figures, with compelling iconography, bearers of incredible stories that then become possible.
The exhibit, composed of sculptures, drawings and videos, shows the relationship between these elements, It ends up creating a perspective change in viewers, on the condition they want to play the game, of course.
Sergio Breviario, Bergamo 1974. He lives and works in Milano. Since 2003 he has exhibited in Italy and abroad. Among his many solo and collective shows: 2018 Walkabout 01, Fabbrica del
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