After Nobody’s Dream, Francesco Pirazzi’s 2021 solo exhibition at Augustenborg_Project, which presented over twenty paintings, the artist returns to the source of his inspiration. The Als landscape, which he contemplated over the course of his 2021 residency, became so dear to Pirazzi that he produced multiple studies and sketches, the basis of the paintings now on display.
Somewhere Else is a cycle of new works, all having as their subject outdoor scenes around Augustenborg: a localized ‘somewhere’ that never ceases to surprise Pirazzi, deeply feeding his research and poetics.
While drawing on his inspiration in Denmark, the artist also tells us about other places, other unexplored geographies, which slowly become familiar thanks to the light and shadow he offers us as indispensable tools for reading. In fact, the study of light is the central subject of his paintings, changing quickly, disappearing, bringing with it the beauty which made Pirazzi belong to that place and that moment.
The artist seems to be the only witness to what is happening, the privileged visitor to a mysterious garden, who attempts to accompany us silently among these scenes of almost suspended contemplation. Although the themes are void of human presence, there is no nostalgic attempt at narrative. We can still feel the warmth of a body that has just left the scene, giving way to objects discharged of a functional meaning, surfaces eaten by light and spat out by shadow.
The surprise in visiting this exhibition will eventually be to recognize that both the artist and we ourselves are measures of those landscapes, changing our point of view and detaching ourselves for a moment makes us belong again to a universal dimension.
Francesco Pirazzi, b. 1994, Veroli (Italy) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence, at the Painting School of the Master Adriano Bimbi in 2018. Francesco’s work has been shown, among others, at The Cob Gallery and The Artist Room (London); The Hole Gallery (New York); Galeria d’arte Nonato Oliveira (Brazil); Castello di Grotti (Italy); Foyer del Teatro Giacomo Puccini (Italy), Museo Civico Archeologico (Fiesole). Francesco lives and works in Florence.