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Lorenzo Banci
Exhibition view
© Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Firenze
Photo: Valentina Muscedra

His almost monochrome oils reveal his interest in insignificant places and subjects, where light is often the sole protagonist: the walls of empty buildings, curtains drifting gently between sun and shade, reflections of the city observed from a certain distance. Like Gerhard Richter’s canvases, Banci’s works pivot on the relationship between figuration and abstraction. Although the initial photographic element is still perceivable, the pieces rapidly move away from the concrete referent and acquire their own pictorial autonomy. With respect to Richter, Banci seems to follow a path that tends more towards abstraction and the elimination of the figurative subject. His most recent works are constructed through a process of subtraction, and even the last realistic details are liable to disappear. The paintings lose their connection with the real and any reference to the photography becomes irrelevant. The motif dissolves until it is no longer the subject of the picture, the formal composition of the image takes over, rhythm and structure dominate the subject and the viewer’s gaze is captured by the illusionistic play between surface and depth. The absence of things happening, the immobility of time, the moment without an event and the silence of the space become the subject. The artist’s gaze seems to be searching for the precise second in which the everyday ephemeral becomes eternal beauty.






Lorenzo Banci
Exhibition view
© Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Firenze
Photo: Valentina Muscedra


Lorenzo Banci
senza titolo, 2006
Oil on canvas
100 x 131 cm
Courtesy Private collection


Lorenzo Banci
senza titolo, 2005
Oil on canvas
58,5 x 87,5 cm
Courtesy the artist


Lorenzo Banci
senza titolo, 2005
Oil on canvas
87,5 x 88 cm
Courtesy the artist


Lorenzo Banci
senza titolo, 2006
Oil on canvas
131 x 100 cm
Courtesy Niccolò Papi


Lorenzo Banci
(Italy, 1974)

Lorenzo Banci’s approach to painting is based on the eye’s ability to capture those parts of the real world that are normally ignored or not considered, with the aim of discovering their intrinsic beauty. He is actually able to bring a rarefied figuration to his subjects which lose their realistic characteristics or those linked to the initial motif. Banci focuses on apparently insignificant fragments of reality, special conditions of darkness and brightness, the play of light, or perspective visions of spaces that he discovers in the everyday places around him. Banci seeks out his subjects, which he first documents through photography. These images form an archive from which the artist chooses the subjects for his paintings.


Lorenzo Banci
senza titolo, 2007
Oil on canvas
127 x 170 cm
Courtesy the artist

 
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