The Dorothy Circus Gallery is ready to celebrate the Roman spring with a two person show of European artists, the Italian Seven Moods and the Swiss Zoe Byland.
Both artists already in the avant-garde of figurative contemporary international scene, appreciated by connoisseurs of the most refined painting techniques, Byland and Seven Moods have recently exhibited their stunning artworks in the group show dedicated to the theme of water “Lacrima Aquarium”, held at the Acquario Romano Museum, along with 33 of the most renowned artists from the pop surrealist scene.
This time around as prime protagonists of the Red Hall of the Dorothy Circus, Byland and Seven Moods, with their languages inevitably distant, they find themselves involved in a common Nocturnal theme, that seems to emerge from the photography of the early ‘900 as well as from the film-noir era, bringing with it the mystery of distant memories, the nostalgia of a vintage aesthetic, and at the same time all the iconography of the pop philosophy of our present, in the synthesized symbolism of tattoo, hi tech imagery of science fiction’s code and the overbearing street art language, tying them together in an alchemical mix of codes and numbers belonging to a future yet to be drawn.
With Seven Moods’s brand new 8 oil paintings, the grace and the beauty of his metropolitan characters cross with a cynical attitude, the crime fiction like scenery, cutting the darkness with the white lace skirts and starched collars.
Everything happens at night, under a sky lit by microscopic stars and white rain: life, love, death, at the speed by which a scent fades in the wind and with the intensity of a flower that continues to flourish.
Meanwhile a strange day filters through the clouds and stops on the 8 brand new Zoe Byland’s canvases, illuminating the pages in black and white of just out of school students’ diaries. They are little more than children or much more than little girls, they are aware of the cold embrace of passing time and they know mysterious destinations, they crop papercuts to fly away, they are able to pose at depths of an ocean elegantly furnished, for as long as necessary to subvert our expectations so as to continue playing in the viewer’s head, leaving him to fantasize in the throes of a multitude of suggestions.
The surrealism of Byland settles in the era of “good and nice costume”, in a re-reading so romantic and nostalgic as lucid and ironic that if with one hand it brings to light all the charm of a vintage fabolous epoch, with the other it let turning off into the darkness everything that hasn’t been Fantasy.
Source: Dorothy Circus Gallery
Till 23 May 2015
Dorothy Circus Gallery
Via dei Pettinari 76
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