AboutThe exhibition at the European Commission of Luxembourg aims to be a retrospective of Emiliano Baiocchi since he moved to Berlin in 2008. The panel of around thirty paintings actually represents almost a single and distinctive theme: landscapes.
When he first arrives in Berlin, Baiocchi is fascinated by his new hometown. The series Cities he already began in Italy acquires details and movement. Suddenly, every composition starts to get filled up as if real live sceneries had to be carefully depicted. Through a puckering process, his most typical touch (one may call it in accordion), Baiocchi succeeds to bring every little content he wants to describe into a painting. The first dimension is dense and structured, providing all the elements to decipher its matter. When the viewer manages to stretch out the image, he reaches the full perspective. Just like when you get intrigued by what you see through a window, you'd need to enter to determine what is actually happening beyond.
After a few years, this new lifestyle made of discovery begins to come to an end, slowly starting to mutate Baiocchi's work. Becoming more reflective and introspective about what surrounds him, his paintings seem to get rid of some obvious representations and signs. The whole approach gets more impulsive, casual, and the colors even more contrasted. As if looking for some changes, the technique itself is diversified and enhanced with other media, such as oil as materia prima.
The paintings are now accomplished under new emotions and it results into an experimentation phase where the artist goes above expectations. This is indeed a time where he dedicates an entire year to achieve a drawing a day: a regular field to fulfill his many attempts, marking a perfect transition to what was about to become a series of untitled paintings: grown, mature and major in his work history.
It is now time of genuineness, when the previous need of satisfaction that turned to revealing inspirations must be confronted with the only truth: Nature. Sometimes even roughly conceived in the woods, Baiocchi's last artworks mainly represent Forests. As the subject implies, collected organic elements are also integrated on the canvas, like tree leaves for instance. Once more, the viewer gets easily immersed at first glance into the picture, and the rolling out process surely gives the rustle one might be looking for. Compared to the former Cities, it is like purity taken back from the artificial sphere for a more authentic interpretation, for a possible way back to the roots.
Here we are: staring at one of Emiliano Baiocchi's paintings is like hearing the noise it makes.