Venice, March 8th, 2018
The personal exhibition of Donatella Chiara Bedello opens on Thursday, March 8th, 2018 at 10 am at our Gallery in Venice, Italy.
Exhibited for the first time at Salone d’Arte Contemporanea in Trieste in October 2017, the exhibition features original paintings and high-resolution reproductions of the not-available artworks of the Torino painter.
“The search of the micro-detail inside the macro-image, combined to the authenticity of the chosen subjects and the common thread of the acrylic on canvas series “Old Shops” – meaning “store running”, make her art original and meaningful. An assembly of writings and objects which, with a photographic hyperrealism, flood the spectator’s face with wonder and surprise, a memory desire for smelling again the spice aromas or peeking through the outside panes, surrounded by geometrical bright polychromatism which reveals a pure nostalgia against the stereotype homogenisation of shopping malls. Here you can discover glimpses of a from-another-time America, where globalization and the cross-cultural exchange between districts had already prevailed thanks to immigration and nowadays still manages to recur as a current characteristic in contemporary cities. Contrasting with the greyness of the metropolis, these small stores recover – through disorganized writings, sings and objects – an opposing horizontal order yet above all their identities and roots while retrieving kaleidoscopic multiethnic shops and their descendants. Paintings which tell the life of an plain reality, foundation of Pop Art, but in this case without aiming to reporting consumerism, yet to recovery and social identity” says Francesca Mezzatesta.
Can you see the American dream?
Martina Campese points out: “Her reference to streets is by no means casual, Bedello in fact paints and chooses locations that refer to the less elite areas of America which boast the typical style seen in the 1960s. This is why we recognise subjects and locations where some even bring to mind the Italian aspects that have been adopted by American culture, like Little Italy for example…
The evocative and meticulous artistic work, which accompanies her professional experience, is admired by and targeted at an attentive audience, enthralled in rediscovering the contemporary flair of the language of her works; they attract and seduce onlookers, interrogating them and allowing them to take part in a game of perception and memory.”
The exhibition is open from Thursday, March 8th, 2018 to Friday, March 23rd, 2018 from 10 am to 4 pm – closed on Saturdays.
As usual, a virtual catalogue will be sent to the mailing list of the Gallery.
Information and details about the exhibition will be published here and on our Facebook page @MeloriRosenberg.