Photorealistic paintings of crumpled pages by Italian artist Stefania Fersini. Based on actual pages from fashion magazines, she represents the glossy pages seemingly pulled from the trash with crinkles, creases, and streaks of glare. The paintings suggest a layer of anger and the kind of obsessive desire and envy these types of images generate and also points to the superficiality of idealized images of beauty aimed at consumers.
I’m fed up of going fast,
tired of the excesses and superficiality.
I need to paint to slow down.
I take time off,
to fast from what is too much
to contemplate Beauty, where there is some.
I copy, because the solution to excess is not to create “new.”
I copy like a mirror, because reflection is my choice. [...]
My hand disappears behind the precision of the brushstrokes. Intentionally impersonal, my presence confirms my will to be the mean, a mirror, everywhere but nowhere at the same time.
On view at 101/EXHIBIT Sept 12–Oct 17.