Bettoni's hallmark approach to art is evident in Drawing the Sky. This time he has drawn his inspiration from koinobori, the carp-shaped kites that flutter in Japan's skies. Bettoni's photographs capture the moment and freeze the transitional as it rapidly evolves. The Japanese element, which is where the whole process began, has become vanishingly muted in these invented vedutas which, to borrow the words of the poet Hashin, are "neither sky nor earth". They are neither abstract or figurative either. They are worlds apart that the artist has created, using a fisheye lens to form rounded worlds because each circle is a finite world; together, the circles make a constellation of finite worlds. Exhibited in this form, they become the creation of a universe composed of self-contained parallel worlds. Also on view in the gallery is a second series of photos that focuses on architecture and its ability to create new landscapes.
As a whole, Drawing the Sky is an enrichment of Marco Bettoni's body of work. It broadens his path of enquiry, yet at the same time it is a continuation of the artist's sensibility, his ability to seize details from reality and use them to redraw reality with his own personal signature; to craft a new reality out of the equilibrium of harmony, and a balance between the figurative and the abstract. He personally and directly participates in creating the conditions that allow the idea to fly. Once again, he shows that his creativity is strong enough to make us forget the starting point in this case, the koinobori without in any way betraying it. Indeed, by retaining its framework of reference in the finished work of art, by achieving this distance, he amplifies the potential of the reality that prompted the idea in the first place....Read more
(Translation by Adam Victor)
Marco Bettoni, a Camberwell MA graduate, in London. His work is featured in numerous public and private collections including Virgin Atlantic, Matrix Chambers, Duet in London, Fondazione Teseco, Italy, Kruishoutem Museum, Belgium, and Artcurial in Paris. Marco's recognition in London continues to grow, recently selling work from Tokyo Nocturne collection at The London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy. He currently lives and works in London.
NB - It will be also shown a video-collaboration between Marco Bettoni and film director, Paolo Trivella . Music by Daniele Trivella.