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Building Body
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Davide Balliano Building Body
Text by Chrissie Iles and Luigi Fassi.

Graphic design: Jeff Albert.
published in October 2018
bilingual edition (English / Italian)
22 x 28 cm (softcover)
192 pages (color ill.)
ISBN: 978-88-99776-32-9
EAN: 9788899776329
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This catalogue traces a comprehensive itinerary within the artist's rigorous and appealing body of work. A research where austere geometric forms, shaped in tones of white and black, become the alphabet of an open reflection on the world. The publication includes an interview with Balliano by curator Chrissie Iles, a critical essay by Luigi Fassi, and a rich collection of images.
Published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at Museo Marca – Museo delle Arti di Catanzaro, from September 15 to November 11, 2018.
Davide Balliano (born 1983 in Turin, lives and works in New York) is an artist whose research operates on the thin line of demarcation between painting and sculpture. Utilizing an austere, minimal language of abstract geometries in strong dialogue with architecture, his work investigates existential themes such as the identity of man in the age of technology and his relationship with the sublime. Through a practice that is self-described as monastic, austere and concrete, Balliano's meticulous paintings appear, upon first glance, clean and precise. However, closer inspection reveals scrapes and scratches that uncover the organic wooden surface underneath the layers of paint, as a decaying façade of abandoned modernistic intentions. In addition to painting, Davide Balliano is also known for his sculptural work, which translates the visual vocabulary found in his paintings into solid objects, often in ceramic, wood or stone. Originally trained in photography, Balliano shifted to painting and sculpture in 2006 while relocating to New York City, where he currently resides and works.