Jacopo Dal Bello. Elegy of the Flesh

23 Aug 2016 – 28 Aug 2016

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12:00 - 18:00

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5th Base Gallery

London, United Kingdom


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  • Tube: Algate East, Whitechappel, Shoreditch High Street

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Jacopo Dal Bello forms elegies of the flesh and organic forms, aided by figurative memories.


"...reason is not, in any way, a transcendent feature of the universe or of disembodied mind. Instead it is shaped crucially by the peculiarities of our human bodies, ... and by the specifics of our everyday functioning in the world."

George Lako and Mark Johnson

Jacopo Dal Bello forms elegies of the flesh and organic forms, aided by figurative memories. Emphasizing the painted surface as bodily surrogate through which space is experienced, his focus is on matter and its presence, in quiet opposition to those forms of communication that distance.

The works presented explore the relationship between classicism and contemporary practice, often with an iconic painting taken as a starting point. The original work, or part thereof, is reduced to its structural base, in an attempt to shift elements of classicism toward a contemporary aesthetic that challenges not just the reification these famous works of art su-er, but also the flattening and distortion of history and memory.

The body is "suggested" rather than described fully. With an open and fragmentary aesthetic that solicits reconstruction, Dal Bello’s paintings draw their ingredients from a range of contexts, including popular culture, art iconography, and found material.

Jacopo Dal Bello is a recent graduate of the Cass School, London Metropolitan University (2014). Growing up in Italy’s Veneto region, the materiality of painting was ever-present for Dal Bello in the work of Alberto Burri, whose work is embedded in an exploration of the material. Dal Bello is a deft handler of the work of other artists, including the erotic distortion of the body of Hans Bellmer, the architectural framing and paintwork of Francis Bacon, and the notation of Cy Twombly.

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