UGO RICCIARDI ∙ NIGHTSCAPES
The Turin-based photographer Ugo Ricciardi (born 1975) transforms familiar places into magical visions in which darkness and moonlight provide the background for mysterious photographs. The result is “Nightscapes”, a world that oscillates between reality and dream and is characterized by shadows and indifferent light in which the staging dominates. Look forward to 21 fine art prints of this series, exhibited in Germany for the first time.
22 March 2018 – 19 May 2018
On 22 March beginning at 7 pm all are invited to the opening reception at the gallery. The artist will be present.
The following works are presented in the show:
UGO RICCIARDI ∙ NIGHTSCAPES
Enchanted, silent, subtle. These are the environments in which the Turin–based photographer Ugo Ricciardi (born 1975) frees an imaginary dark and light in perfect balance. An idea that came about by accident, playing with his son’s Christmas lights, and supported by the necessity of solitude, silence and nature. The fundamental principle: apply the idea to the landscape, showing the intervention of the photographer. There is a unique inspiration: the subconscious. So the author transforms familiar places into magic visions in which the obscurity and the light of the moon create a background to mysterious light images. The use of black and white is essential, that helps the escape from the realism of colour, taking your eye beyond the surface in a plane where space and the moment are absolute.
The process is laborious. By day the selection of the frames, the trees, the roots and the stones, wondering about what could happen during the full moon, when the light of the moon creates long and silent shadows. By night experimenting with the circles of light that animate new life among the shadows, considering different fleeting contours, while everything else is covered by darkness.
The result is “Nightscapes”, a world suspended between reality and dream, characterized by shadows of vague light, in which the scene reigns absolute, while the symmetry and the geometry of the spaces solidify the concept. An artistic and spiritual journey to find the way, expressed in the beginning by the wakes of light that accompany the observer moving into the subconscious, without searching for a sense until the end. So, this is the first step, we are in front of a symbolic door to discover the only muse: light. Your guide to an unreal atmosphere where moments of transition and observation coexist in a peace beyond. This is a place of passage, inhabited by luminous souls in complete symbiosis with nature, that makes you part of this world. A reality that is unveiled and leaves space to imagination. It’s this that is Ugo Ricciardi’s final objective: to uncover the importance of an individual subjective vision though artistic creation