The Club is the third solo exhibition of Bologna-based artist Rudy Cremonini (*1981 Bologna, Italy).
With his unique brushwork – he often applies the color thick and creamy onto the canvas – Rudy Cremonini creates visual worlds of poetic intensity, which range between figuration and abstraction. In this process the artist doesn't use any preparatory drawings, but works directly on the canvas. The motifs of his visual worlds are objects (still lifes), figures (portraits) or scenes from his [direct] environment. Beside the abstract manner of painting it is the predominantly tender, rather dark colors which give these motifs a profound depth and a certain mysticism.
For the exhibition The Club Rudy Cremonini especially dealt with the genre of portrait painting. For a portrait, says the artist, the painter needs “much control and respect for the person” as it is “full of power and energy”. Already the smallest gesture – whether it be the bright blue eyes in Blue Wool, the stylish men-necklace and the undershirt in If Your Life is, or the white bonnet of the nurse in The Nurse – can allow conclusions about the character of the portrayed person, even assign them to a certain (social) group. At the same time Rudy Cremonini wants to make the “vulnerable” of the subject visible for the viewer, as in the work The Club. The painting shows the close up of a dark-skinned person. Only the eyes and and some lines of the mouth are visible. With this work Cremonini calls attention to the current situation of any refugees, who are excluded by parts of the society and not allowed to join the “Club”.
Beside these paintings the exhibition will also show some works with the theme of “safety zones” - or places of retreat – a typical theme for Rudy Cremonini. In The New Bedroom he shows a young girl that sits on the floor of her room with headphones and seems totally shielded from the outer world, sunken into a book or magazine. In search of new motifs, the artist took details from this painting and transformed them into independent images with their own impressions (Music, Indoor Plants and Ceramic Penguins).
In March of this year the gallery celebrated the artist's New York fair-debut very successful at Volta NY. Cremonini already called attention on his work in advance with several exhibitions in Italy, France and Germany and is one of the emerging and most promising young artists of Galerie Thomas Fuchs.