Alessandro Algardi

Alessandro Algardi is an Italian artist born in Milan in 1945.

Fluctuating within the experimental field of the visual-poetic, Algardi’s works examine the fluidity between the act of writing and the materiality of the canvas. Working on monochromatic canvas and paper, Algardi carves several layers of scripture onto one line, rendering the words unreadable and ultimately devoid of meaning. The painting, then, becomes the storyteller – a visual poetry suggesting the limitations of language to denote a complete reality.

Algardi has participated in over one hundred gallery exhibitions worldwide, including the Imago Art Gallery in London, the International Arts Center in Venice and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, throughout this career. His works appear notably in the permanent collections of the Dubuque Museum of Art in Iowa, USA, the Savannah College of Art & Design in Georgia, USA, the Museo Giovanni Verga in Vizzini, Italy, the Mart Museum in Rovereto, Italy and the Museo del Novecento in Milan, Italy.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT:

" My work is based on the contamination, the union, of two languages: writing and painting.

The language of writing is a code based on signs that allow us to communicate and convey our perceptions, ideas, thoughts, etc... beyond time and space. So it is by nature unchangeable, regardless of lexicon and handwriting.

From painting, which by nature cannot be coded, I take the tools: the framework, the canvas, the brushes, the colours etc. All that in order to create an autonomous language of mine, which is proper with visual arts. It follows that it makes no sense to know what texts I have written, nor to try deciphering it (even if they are real texts). I never reveal the content of my writing because it has to remain mysterious, enigmatic, impenetrable: it is for the observer only to decide - with their knowledge and sensitivity - and disclose the mystery that will remain personal and never equal to another. Why do we remain bewitched in front of the enigmatic smile of Mona Lisa? Why do we feel enraptured in front of the Violinist by Chagall? Why do we feel thrown in another dimension in front of a cut by Fontana? Because they embody the mystery of art. Even hyperrealist works, although explicit in appearance, are a trick, therefore a mysterious artifice.

I think that art does not have to be explicit, but it must always remain mysterious.

The most interesting thing in my artworks is that they make you think, you do not look at them just with your eyes but also with your mind. "The mind reads what the eye can't see" is a recurring title in my paintings and it synthetically expresses the concept of my work."

Alessandro Algardi, 2017.

  • Colors of Italy - Italian Contemporary Masters

    Colors of Italy - Italian Contemporary Masters

    Hong Kong

    September 21, 2017 - October 10, 2017

  • Mauro Corda / Umberto Mariani & Italian Monochromes

    Mauro Corda / Umberto Mariani & Italian Monochromes

    Paris

    March 17, 2017 - April 06, 2017

  • Monochromaniac

    Monochromaniac

    New York

    November 18, 2016 - December 03, 2016