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INCANDESCENT CHROMOPHILIA

Ron Agam and Marco Casentini present Incandescent Chromophilia. Both R. Agam and M. Casentini are invested in researching and experimenting with hard-edged color field painting and geometry. The exhibition, curated by Alberto Pasini and Eva Zanardi, will feature 25 recent works by the two artists, engaging in a conversation about the infinite possibilities through which quadrilaterals—fixed on canvas through an exhilarating palette comparable to that of pop art—interact with one another.  Incandescent Chromophilia aims to investigate the artistic output of two international, contemporary artists who not only share an affinity for geometry and kinetic shades, but also a deep connection with Italy, the country GR gallery hails from. Marco Casentini is Italian, however now works primarily in California. Conversely, Ron Agam is French-Israeli and based in New York, with a deep love and appreciation for Italy and its art. The artist’s constant bond with Europe is apparent; his modern interpretation of the French flag is displayed at the French Embassy in New York City—next to Michelagelo’s Cupid, and his selection of works at GR gallery can be considered as a love letter to Italy. Following a long and successful career as a fine art photographer, R. Agam has created an impressive body of work embracing a dizzying array of techniques from lenticular, optical experiments to distilled, saturated color fields. While his most recent paintings are explorations range from being metamorphosis-related to imaginary interpretations of the square, M. Casentini’s “patchwork canvases” are of an entirely different nature. Working from a historical index of geometric and constructivist shapes, M. Casentini repeats an iconic combination of squares as if they are templates, creating similar patterns through various juxtapositions of colors and materials, and in doing so, challenging the so-often perceived uniqueness of painting.

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