The Growing Garden


Screen painting

Screen paintings are a technique I invented in 2008, in which virtual images on the plasma screen come into a direct relationship with the painting that appears engraved like a tattoo on the glass surface of the TV monitor. The result is made up of moving panels that develop a perennial visual short circuit creating a constant visual deception. The animated sign inside the screen painting is laid on as a stratification of acrylic paint to then lose its materiality and become digital ink. At the same time, the physicality of the painting takes over some parts of the plasma screen creating an unpredictable development. The fixity of the painting interfaces with the dynamism and mobility of the virtual dimension, so much so that when the screen is on, the projection is not immediately distinguishable from painting, while with the screen switched off, the painting continues to exist in dialogue with the black ground of the TV set. Migration, disintegration and recomposition appear intrinsic features of screen paintings, where the forms contain memory and follow each other to create a spontaneous flow ranging from nanostructures to macrocosms. In this way an extraordinary journey into the imaginary is ensured where art becomes vision on the screen. The challenge was to create a synergy between the digital and the traditional pictorial world in order to achieve a natural symbiosis. The work is conceived from the start to be embodied in two languages ​​that entwine until they merge. The goal is to paint a television screen by withdrawing it from its primary function to make it a messenger, together with 3D animation images, of a single hybrid content. When I started this work the impact was very strong and I had the feeling I was breaking down a taboo. The two media no longer needed to clash but complemented each other by creating different linguistic stratifications.