“Scintillation” is the name of the solo exhibition dedicated to the works of the visionary Italian artist Aqua Aura which will inaugurate the artistic season 2017 at the freshly renewed Cell63 art platform.
As a quartz that has been subjected to a thermal bath in gold vapour, altering some of its characteristics to simulate the appearance of a precious stone, Aqua Aura works as an emblem which contains in itself the story of a mutation, the conclusion of a previous existence and the beginning of a new vision of art, emancipated from his personal history and earlier production.
Choosing to start the artistic season 2017 by presenting the dreamlike works of this very atypical artist is a declaration of Cell63’s self “metamorphosis”: started in October 2008 as an art platform for the alternative international art scene, Cell63 became a referential reality in the world contemporary art field.
Nothing better than that “elsewhere bliss”, constantly celebrated in the works of the Italian artist Aqua Aura, seems, in fact, represents the urge of change which generated from the developing of a more mature and conscious vision in a constantly evolving artistic scenario.
The exhibition will present a selection of works taken from the photographic series called Scintillation made between 2015 and 2016.
Used in physics as well as in astronomy, the term “scintillation” refers to those changes in the air’s refractive index able to give rise to phenomena of warped perception. Emblems of the encounter between different universes and temporalities, the works of Aqua Aura address the spectator indirectly, inviting them to take part to a subtle translation’s game which draws from the optical unconscious with the aim to subvert it and reveal its hidden potential.
The artist’s working method recalls that of an old-timey bricoleur: each one of his perfect landscapes is, in fact, the result of a selection and the subsequent fusion of a new pattern of previously created or assembled images of details. A digital processing and the final definition of the color, shade and contrast profile add the finishing touches.
Always looking for that “something more”, Aqua Aura is constantly evading the fixity that the technical limits of photography would impose, seeing himself more as a painter aware of the delicate geometries and relationships between the invisible weights and balances at the core of his photographic works.
With the wish to instill a sense of bewilderment in the spectator, these images entrap the gaze within a wide range of possible meanings while alluding to a more intimate and less objective perception of our reality.
Silent and ipnotical landscapes, these invented spaces cannot be considered as representations of “exteriors” but, rather, frames of countless interiors able to cheat the observer by alluding to something real while increasing the sense of mystical sublimation.
Drawing a line with a cultural tradition which made the separation between man and nature as a criterion for its unconditional exploitation, the Italian artist chooses to reintegrate the man inside the natural dimension, hoping that this more “human” vision of our world won’t remain just the result of a “scintillation”.