GR Gallery is thrilled to present “ATOMIZED”, a unique exhibition featuring Alberto Di Fabio, Italian master of exceptional scientific abstraction and Masakatsu Sashie, a visionary Japanese talent of Pop Surrealism. The exhibition will also present new works by street art legend Harif Guzman, appositely conceived for this occasion to match the thread of the event. The show will feature 16 total works and wall painting by Di Fabio, that will challenge the title by the subliminal textures of atomized landscapes in peculiar ways. Opening reception: Thursday February 13th, 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Exhibition Dates: February 14th – March 12th 2020). All artists will participate to the opening event. Members of the press can contact GR gallery in advance to schedule a private viewing and/or an interview with the artists before the exhibition is officially open. Visitors who want to attend the opening can RSVP by contacting the gallery.
When thinking of an atom, one may think of a depiction of a nuclei or an invisibility of mass to the naked eye. But for some, an atom could identify as a tiny particle that represents a truly massive meaning. Internationally recognized master Alberto Di Fabio, has investigated for over thirty years the imagery of biology, astrology, neuroscience and other natural systems through painting. Taking the microscopic and the cosmic as subjects, he imbues neurons, photons, stars and galaxies with sublime gestural dimensions, and seeks to impart optical energies that transcend the physical artwork. His portrayal of these universal building blocks and celestial bodies—which he characterizes as “the heartbeat of our planet, the movement of the cosmic dance”—comprises an alternative realism, augmented by sophisticated flourishes which echo painterly impulses from Vorticism and Op art to Abstract Expressionism.
Masakatsu Sashie lures his viewers in with his hidden messages by objectifying how people mistreat the world and gives us a glimpse of how our days leading up may come to fruition. Sashie’s work revolves around the belief that the coacervate is a universal model and basis for all systems and organisms, simple and complex. He stuns the eye by amassing a large spherical world conjoined with our everyday needs to create a visual of an atom-like story.
Harif Guzman, aka Haculla, is blessing the gallery presence with a body of new works redefining his famed style and aforementioned attitude within his works. Guzman is an artist whose work inhabits and extends a tradition established in the 1920s Weimar Republic with the extemporized collage and assemblage of Kurt Schwitters, and which he continues in contemporary America via the precedence of Robert Rauschenberg, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and the early gritty Pop Art paintings of Mike Kelley. His work is about transformation. The found materials Guzman employs are not just the physical materials he works with, but also second hand imagery and ideas that characterize contemporary urban existence. His works are many famous collections such as Tommy Hilfiger, Uma Thurman and Dag Cramer’s ones and he merges his style in fashion through his own line and collaborations with many popular brands.
Alberto Di Fabio (1966, Italy)’s abstract paintings take their cues from science and the natural world, depicting flora, fauna, astral systems, and DNA in vivid color and detail. In creating his closely observed and patterned paintings, Di Fabio works in tandem with his reading of texts of chemistry, physics, and biology. He has cited a fascination with tradition-bound artists such as de Titian and Giotto in addition to the more obvious influence of Abstract painters like de Kooning and Mondrian. Alberto di Fabio has exposed to many exhibitions in galleries and museums all around the world, among those, GNAM and Macro in Rome, MART in Rovereto and six solo shows at Gagosian gallery.
Masakatsu Sashie is a Japanese artist best known for his orb paintings of fictional world, filled with futuristic warnings about human’s tendencies for environmental dominance and over-consumption. Masakatsu was born in 1974 in city of Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture. Sashie’s artworks present an imaginary world depicting large, city-like spheres drifting above remains of a destroyed civilization. His gigantic orbs are created out of scraps of old constructions from the Showa-period (period of enlightened peace and harmony, period of radiant Japan during the time of reign of the Shōwa Emperor, Hirohito, from 1926 to 1989) and a pieces of mass production and mass consumption culture.
Harif Guzman, born March 23, 1975, in Venezuela, spent much of his childhood surrounded by his mother and sisters and was influenced strongly by his father (a printer and typesetter). The inspiration of his work derives from mechanical reproduction and a unique technique that refuses the deadening effects of iconographical conformity. The subsequent trajectory of his path from shop worker turned street-smart skate punk, to a worldwide, well respected contemporary artist, involves an alchemical shift as humble cast-offs evolve into fine art in his studio. His work is about transformation.