Skies, clouds, angels, and earthly landscapes, rendered ethereal by the distance which from the aircraft allows one to look at mundane matters with soothing detachment. The sequence of images Piero Addis presents in his exhibition Blue codes blue, curated by David Galloway, is a selection, rivisited in blue specifically for Sydney, of works originally part of the exhibition Blue codes, developed by manipulating photos taken by the artist during his frequent flights, on which photos he superimposes figures drawn from the most famous of Tiepolo’s frescoes.
The ten artworks, printed in gicleé and lined in linen, represent a sort of digital rococò, modern but deeply rooted in esthetic tradition. The title Blue Codes refers to the flights the artist took in the last years: "LH3959" refers to a flight from Milan to Frankfurt, "AF511" Damascus-Paris, "SU279" Moscow-Milan. During these flights the artist took photos of the sky from the window of the plane. He then blended those photos with “heavenly” scenes from Tiepolo’s paintings.
The “Blue Codes” can be traced back to the tradition of the sketchbooks in which travelling artists recorded their impressions throughout the centuries. Like Addis, Tiepolo was a traveller who worked on commission, producing some of his finest frescos not only in Italy, but also in Würzburg and Madrid. The colour blue is a central element of these works, raising the viewer’s gaze above the dull everyday world and directing it towards the sky. Addis’ blue colour evokes a wide range of associations: the sky and the sea, but also elegance, melancholy, innocence and harmony.
After graduating in Arts at the Milan Academy of Fine Arts, Piero Addis started his career as Art Director in a multinational advertising agency. He has worked in several agencies in Milan, New York and Tokyo, contributing to the creation of successful campaigns. Over the years he has received several national and international awards. He has been collaborating with a number of prestigious Universities in Italy, Spain, Germany, North and South America giving lectures, workshops and seminars on art. Between 2003 and 2006 he worked as Head of Arts and Culture for the Organizing Committee of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. As an artistic director he has been curating prestigious events for the Cannes Festival as well as the presentation in Paris of the Milan‘s bid for Expo 2015 and the participation of the Region Lombardia in the Shanghai Expo 2010 and the Milan Expo 2015. Since 2002 he has been active as an artist and has been exhibiting in both solo and collective exhibitions held at private and public galleries in Paris, Miami, Boston, Klagenfurt, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Mexico, Guatemala. He lives and works in Milan.
Opening of the exhibition (in the presence of the artist):
Italian Cultural Institute
Thursday, 6 October 2016, at 6.00pm
The exhibition will continue until November 04, 2016
Opening hours: Mon - Thu 9.30 am to 5.30 pm
Fri 9.30 am to 1.00 pm