Gian Maria Tosatti’s exhibition consists of two cycles of paintings, Portraits and NOw/here. These large-scale works are set up in close relationship with the architecture of Pirelli HangarBicocca, creating moments of interaction and contrasting situations. Portraits comprises four gold and rust paintings on iron panels, assembled and installed on tube and clamp structures. On the other hand, the NOw/here series takes the form of ten large fields of graphite and white charcoal on canvas suspended from the ceiling.
For Tosatti, the exhibition becomes an opportunity to address aspects of current events as well as the human condition at such a difficult moment in time, in a society poised between catastrophe and evolution. These works are also conceived as “mirrors,” open questions that directly confront the visitor.
Through their material qualities, the paintings reconnect with the very moment when reality reveals itself, as evoked by the exhibition title NOw/here whose elements can be read individually, as “now” and “here,” or sequentially, as in “nowhere.” In NOw/here, Tosatti seems to confront History, interpreting it not as a chain of events, but as a feeling, while trying to capture the moment to which we belong.