Solo Show – Cristiano Pintaldi
03 June — 14 July 1999
Cristiano Pintaldi represents reality as taken from television and video, using his own personal technique to de-compose light and colour. The procedure is the result of his observation of electronic image digitalisation and pixel or picture element. On canvas painted black, he first places a perforated screen which represents the basic grid and divides the surface into thousands of tiny areas, representing pixels. The design is then drawn and forms another layer onto which the colours red, green and blue are applied. Thus, the pixel becomes the artist's own transmitting code. Chiaroscuro and variations of light are created by adding carefully calculated amounts of black to the three base colours. This modifies them by adding transparency and light. It is a highly disciplined, complex technique which leaves no room for error and the use of which, paradoxically, does not allow the artist to see the whole work until it is completed. The subjects of the paintings in the one-man Turin art show are taken from a video documentary on the Waorani, an Indios people of the Amazon, as they go about their daily lives in their natural surroundings. Pintaldi's work is an invitation to the observer to enter an imaginary dimension, enticing us by offering something different. The show has a catalogue including a critical essay by Mario Codognato. In addition to reproductions of the paintings, it includes 120 photographs illustrating various phases of work in the artist's studio. Cristiano Pintaldi lives and works in Rome where he was born in 1970. He has had a series of one-man shows, including 'Ultime Generazioni' at the XIIth Quadriennale Nazionale d'Arte of Rome in 1996, '1998' curated by Roberto Daolio at the Galleria d'Arte Moderna of Bologna and 'Il futuro della memoria' curated by Renato Barilli at the Villa Domenicana of Treviso in 1998.