Thomas Brambilla

Corinna Gosmaro / Alessia Xausa

17 Jan - 14 Mar 2015

Installation view
Lavorare Stanca
17 January - 14 March 2015

Thomas Brambilla Gallery is glad to announce the opening of the exhibition Lavorare Stanca with Corinna Gosmaro and Alessia Xausa, on Saturday January 17th, 2015 at 18:30.

A blunt and free, rhythmic, not obsessive cadence expanded in the time of execution by overlapping.
A daily and liberating practice, a painting insistently repeated, because “repetition is a pledge of sincerity”, as Cesare Pavese wrote.

Corinna Gosmaro and Alessia Xausa circumscribe their works around fundamental reasons that do not care about expanding but about concentrating; style becomes cadence, a biographical form of their own relationship with the canvas, physical work of overlapping, rubbing against a support, impregnating.
It is a physical work that obeys the body, "It is not made of psychological or natural realism, but it is made of an independent design of events, created with a style that is the reality of who is telling it, the narrator is the only irreplaceable character", quoting Pavese’s Il mestiere di vivere.

The reference to the Piedmontese writer is offered by a genuine and youthful enthusiasm towards a lyrical-realistic poetics, or towards the union of culture - committed to politics and society - with vivid and tragic emotions. However, it is also referred to the solid and outdated concept of art as work - hard and daily work actually. It is a work which commits the resources of body and intimacy.
Eduardo De Filippo said: "To do good theater it is necessary to make life difficult for the actor." Pavese was a real master in creating existential traps, well told and very well lived too.

For these two actresses difficulties have to be inside the creation of the work, inside the material work of their paintings.
Lavorare Stanca - Hard work is exhausting, and this physical fatigue, this liberating practice, puts art in the center of everyone’s destiny. So this is an art that present itself as a registration of the artist’s presence, without quotes or references: it is something physical, irreplaceable and, therefore, authentic. The work of art is the centre of artistic experience.

The works of Alessia Xausa are the result of a superposition of layers, made of color and graphite. The fluidity of the color is mixed with the pencil, creating shades and tones of different brightness, integrated with the gestural and vibrant sign of pencil and pastel. Working on the surface, the artist widens white holes that add up, overlap and divide each other with grays and blacks. In her works the artist uses raw canvases because of the quality of this material: without any waterproofing preparation, it absorbs and retains the color. These large canvases are like sheets, or "shrouds" where color is a track permeating the fabric. Alessia paints by "impregnation", adding white on white, often coloring the raw canvas with dirty water only, that absorbs graphite from canvas themselves, forcing her to go over and over again on the color to get the desired effect.

Corinna Gosmaro often paints on industrial filters on which the brush cannot freely flow: she uses rags and sponges to transfer the color in the meshed surface that often breaks and tears. The filter is a plastic material that resists her painting and her body too. The artist widens the color, making it "open mouthed". In Corinna Gosmaro’s works, color is dragged into landscapes where the working space represents the time of execution: a place of both perception and projection of the artist’s mind.

The painting of both artists is an individual and authentic moment which however expands beyond the subject. It is a visual addition of every image recorded by their eyes and in the meantime a story of emotions they have in common, linked to shared time and space. There is no biography or moralism in the content, but an art going back to its fundamentals: art is at work.