«Japan, my love»
The Gallery Itsutsuji is pleased to invite you to the 5th one-person exhibition by the artist Guillaume Bottazzi at the gallery, from 17 May to 22 June 2019.
The colours of the exhibition “Japan, my love” are sober, with cobalt blue and turquoise on beige and white mediums. Ten recent oil paintings on raw linen canvas or on fabric, of 146cm x 97cm are shown in the gallery, together with two backlit installations on aircraft canvas.
Guillaume Bottazzi is committed to the abstraction. Eric Kandel*, winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, proves that abstract art is the essence of art, that it creates more profound cognitive activity than figurative art. “Abstract art that strips away real life requires active problem-solving. We instinctively look for patterns, recognizable shapes, formal figures within the abstraction. It makes our brains work in a different, harder, way at a subconscious level.” (See: “Reductionism in art and brain science”). Experiments** have shown that if the observer likes the work he hears or is looking at, his cognitive activity will be much richer than if he or she doesn’t like it. A scientific study*** carried out by the neuroscientist Helmut Leder, called «Curved art in the real world – A psychological look at the art of Guillaume Bottazzi» proves that his work tends to reduce the observer’s anxiety and encourage activity in the brain’s pleasure areas.
*According to The Independent, “the decision to include culture and art in the US Cold War arsenal was taken as soon as the CIA was founded in 1947”. Although Eric Kandel is probably pursuing the CIA’s efforts, his discoveries have an impact on our understanding of art.
** Experiments carried out by the neuroscientist Oliver Sacks, University of Colombia.
*** A study by the neuroscientists Helmut Leder and Marcos Nadal of the University of Vienna resulting from 10 years’ research on the brain and art.