Photography Miscellaneous -1994/1999

A kind of contamination amongst the arts dissolving the boundaries which distinguish them

The hauntingly poetic images created by Italian artist Alessandro Bavari, with their luscious textures and exquisite detail, are the fruits of a long journey of exploration to discover a personal artistic language that can transcend the limits of established media through what he describes as "a kind of contamination amongst the arts dissolving the boundaries which distinguish them."
These images make many references back to the paintings of Italian and Flemish artists of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries; Giotto, Piero della Fancesca and Hieronymus Bosch to name but three. Not the grandeur of the high Renaissance, but the essentially humanistic outlook of the painters who wished to convey the pathos and pleasures of our inner lives. They are ‘Gothic’ in feel, with their fantastical imaginings, adoration of detail and fascination with the natural world. The size of your screen will not do them justice, they should be ten feet tall so you could climb up and into them to appreciate their complexity and wealth of content.
Bavari began making photomontages at the age of fifteen. He subsequently studied scene-painting and history of art at the Academy of Fine Art in Rome. He started working in a variety of traditional media, from oil painting to copper plate engraving, whilst maintaining a strong interest in photography. His working methods became increasingly experimental, mixing tar, glue and industrial paints and exploring the possibilities of photographic printing techniques. He then added imprints creating a vocabulary from found natural objects, such as bones and fossils and creatures washed up on the shores near his home. In 1993 he bought his first Macintosh. Working exclusively in Photoshop to create his highly personal imagery, he found he was able to arrive more easily at the fusion of painting and photography that he had been working towards. Bavari regards the computer as being like “ any other working instrument, like a brush or palette or darkroom”.

Suzanne Cline, april 2000

Suzanne Cline is a writer and multimedia artist in the UK.
Her philosophy is that technology is for today but creativity is for life.
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