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Diagram

Diagram

federico-cortese

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Apr 18, 2017 – (242 views)


From the series “Diagram”, pencil and oil on paper, 44 x 50 cm, 2016.

In my youth at the school, certain lessons were inevitably boring. When the distraction peered, inadvertently I began to scribble the pages of the books, filling with drawings their blank borders. The hour of history, or philosophy, gave easy ideas: I copied the portraits of philosophers illustrating the beginning of each chapter in the textbook. The math class gave beautiful diagrams: their geometries structured the space, providing backgrounds to fill with decorations, figures, pictures. Maybe it was the insight that those same geometry hid himself a sort of aesthetics, an inexplicable and axiomatic beauty, like when we are aware of it in front of nature, without being able to give it an explanation.
This sort of drawings make me think of a kind of prayer, a repetitive but pleasant action, like the work of an embroiderer, like a spider weaving its web.

I usually paint on stretched canvas, or fine art paper prepared for oil painting. Once ended, the painting is finished with a coat of varnish to protect against UV sunlight and dust. Also the sides of the canvases are painted, so they are ready to hang. My works are never sold rolled, but always packed flat. I put them between two sheets of acid-free paper with paper or cardboard protection for the corners, than closed in a plastic envelope and bubble packaging. The package is completed with stiffeners of polystyrene on both sides, and external layers of cardboard. All my artworks are unique original paintings, signed and provided of Certificate of Authenticity.