Living Flesh

SIMONE ROSTI

Year:

2017

Media:

direct FLAT-BED print with UV ink on transparent methacrylate applied on panel in PVC expanded with back-panel in PVC light

Size (cm):

80 x 50 x 4

London 2018

Other works

The sea inside

SIMONE ROSTI

Year:

2017

Media:

direct FLAT-BED print with UV ink on transparent methacrylate applied on panel in PVC expanded with back-panel in PVC light

Size (cm):

80 x 50 x 4

London 2018

in the beginning

SIMONE ROSTI

Year:

2017

Media:

direct FLAT-BED print with UV ink on transparent methacrylate applied on panel in PVC expanded with back-panel in PVC light

Size (cm):

80 x 80 x 4

London 2018

Biography

I never conceived shooting as a technical exercise, where everything was balanced searching perfection. Simply it was not my purpose. Conversely, I found in imperfection and movement the key to my expression. Later I started stripping back the shots, to make them more evocative, extremer, more direct. Here I focused my research, where I found my sense of art, working on subtraction of light, on scarification, on the creation of contrasts, using monochromes, researching geometries. My "white canvas" has become the moving shots of roads, bridges, tunnels, preferably at night. The more these contexts are irregular and reproduced imperfectly, the more my “white canvas” becomes valuable and full of items which project me and the viewer into a plastic dimension of unreality. Why there? Because there I've discovered a dimension that combines relaxation and alienation, a sort of comfort zone where that precarious balance that is the base of the complicated craft of existence seems to emerge. The purpose of my work is to reconcile frustration and harmony in a sort of limbo, of the suspension, of indefinite. Most of my shots occur while I’m driving in solitude, where I’m travelling with my mind, while my body is busy completing a physical gesture, almost paralyzed by instinct and not with real commitment. Yet, in this space in which I can’t escape from the cage (the car) I am compelled to pay attention to the unexpected (to what I have in front, beside and behind me): the perfect setting at the base of my "canvas". The starting point of an artistic process that unfolds in a continuum that does not end with the finished artwork. Indeed, the finished artwork poses many questions, leaving the viewer with the burden to respond. For me, Art is an expressive medium.

Artist statement

I am intrigued by essence and absence. I shoot through rapid movement of scenery: this is the starting point for subtraction, exasperation of contrast and scarification of the image until nothing but essence is left, an intimate and hidden projection of Self, an outstretched hand toward the viewer.