30 September 2015
Christian Rosa (b.1982)
signed and dated '2013 Christian Rosa' (on the stretcher bar)
spray paint, graphite, tape, oil stick and oil on canvas
70 x 78 1/8 in. (178 x 198.5 cm.)
Executed in 2013.
Ibid Projects, Los Angeles
Acquired from the above by the present owner
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Los Angeles, Ibid Projects, Christian Rosa: the shits and the 7 dwarfs, August-September 2013.
London, Saatchi Gallery, Pangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin America, April-November 2014, pp. 144-145.
Employing pencil, spray and oil paint, the physical actions that the artist executes in front of his large canvases create an abstract pictorial universe that allows color and form to live by their own mystery. Furthermore, as if to enhance the sense of submission of the will in the process of painting, he incorporates mistakes as potential points of departure of further visual configurations. The evolution of his lyrical abstract images is thus determined by chance and an instinctive trust of the energy contained in physical motion and failure. The result is an ensemble of subtle planes and lines sketched in primary colors surrounded by gestural pencil drawn paths that suggest natural forms such as faces, raindrops or body parts. The interaction of these elements with the white background renders a meditative space where calligraphic scrawling is punctuated by tiny furtive fires emitting their incandescence.
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