Galerie Thomas Fuchs, Stuttgart
The paintings by young Italian artist Rudy Cremonini (*1981 Bologna, Italy) are strongly characterized by the artist's unique brushstrokes of thick and creamy oil paint. Cremonini works directly on the canvas – there are no drawings preceding his visual inventions – and by doing so enters some sort of intimate relationship with his material. Depending on the situation and Cremonini's mood he either challenges his material or sometimes gives in and let's it do as it wants. His works are full of this potential of change, everything in them seems to be full of motion.
“I simply like the tension-filled equilibrium between abstraction and figuration and keeping things in suspense.” says Rudy Cremonini himself about his work.
In his paintings it is the mixture of showing and missing of precise details what stimulates the viewer's imagination. The faces of his figures often seem to open like flowers, not telling if they are at their full bloom or already fading. Everything in Cremonini's work seems to be ambivalent and full of subtle metaphors. Underlying themes of Cremonini's paintings are often the conflict between pleasure and violence/power, the back and forth between emotions like desire and conscientiousness, as well as the artist's question of safety zones. The living room and the library, as well as the museum represent personal and safe environments that are of interest for the young painter. In the search for new images he – from time to time – picks details from these safety zones, focuses on them, removes them from their former environment to turn them into independent subjects of poetic intensity.