Artist: Mario Prencipe
80cm x 60cm
Pastel on Paper
“The theme of my works is the relationship between the artist and the space, or rather the search for a perception of things that has a correspondence with the wandering character of my lifestyle and with my way of conceiving distant things as if they were subjects materially close to me.
For example, the fact of observing the geographical map of a place that I do not know, stimulates my imagination on how the environment that surrounds it could be, even if often this thought does not correspond to reality. For this reason I am interested in the vanishing point as a symbol of a destination, and I try to represent it visually starting from a definition expressed by Leonardo da Vinci, who claimed that the images in the perspective view, as they move away, decrease in size and details, until they disappear into the vanishing point, which is the element in which all the forms are contained.
The vanishing point is therefore the casing of each figure, and I am interested in disentangle it to free the images contained in it, but in a counter-perspective sense, that is through a projection in which the elements closer to the vanishing point, and therefore further away to the observer, they are represented in the foreground, while maintaining the dimensions of a background plan.
With this principle, therefore, the larger elements of a composition will be placed on the bottom plan , thus creating a perspective overturning. This visual forcing may seem strange, but I find in it a certain analogy with the scientific view on physical events that could occur in the future on our planet, using mathematical calculations.
This is a vision that wants to highlight things that in this moment appear as a very distant point, that therefore want to widen on behalf to discover the details. I also think that counter perspective concept is already present in our daily habits: for example when we focus on a small shermo talking to people who may be on the opposite side of the planet, and putting in the background, or even ignoring people who are close to us .
I represent the counter perspective concept in my works, both figuratively and abstractly, and in both cases are the result of experiences related to my travels.I dedicated also one work in tribute of Leonardo da Vinci as my inspirer.” Mario Prencipe