press release

The Bernier-Eliades Gallery is pleased to announce Giuseppe Caccavale’s first show in Greece. The exhibition includes one fresco, drawings, glass works and a sculpture.

Giuseppe Caccavale was born in Afragola, Italy in 1960. He was trained at l’Instituto Statale d’Arte and at l’Accademia di Belle Arti de Naples. He lives and works in Marseille and Bari. Recent exhibitions include: Castel Sant’Elmo, Naples, Centro Nazionale per le Arti Contemporanee, Rome, Galleria D’arte Moderna, Bologna, Musee Grobet – Labadie, Marseille, Museo di Castelvecchio, Verona.

Making use of figurative skills and old techniques, such as the fresco, Caccavale’s primary interest lies on the process with which a work is being created. In his work, what is not seen has the same importance as what can be seen: ”I begin from the work, otherwise how can I make you see what cannot be seen? ” In this way, he mentions that all the preparatory work, is visible from all the time spent and the energy employed, and has the same value as that of the artist.

In the manner of a fresco cartoon each drawing is composed of minute uniform marks. In the course of this creative process he creates figures that slowly emerge from their backgrounds and float out in smooth simple and spontaneous forms.

Caccavale’s extreme work ethic can also be traced in his glass pieces. He calls his engraving technique as “drawing on glass”. Using the thinnest of instruments he delicately outlines elementary forms on colored panes of glass. The translucent quality of the material highlights the artist’s interventions on the black pane. Besides the artist’s focus on process, there is also another evident characteristic in his works: They will not reveal themselves, unless the viewers spend enough time and attention before them. This happens because the eye must note and retrace the tiny movements of the hand which, with pastels, has defined the details, lines, and differences between, object and the background. The outlines of the drawn shapes are clear and precise. They appear and seem immersed in that sluggish light that joins night to day; that moment of passage in which things, so clear-cut and etched in the air, show themselves in a new reality and seem yet more real. They are real but they are ready to slide into the darkness of night and of dreams.

Caccavale’s work brands each movement and marks its relationship with time: the awareness of experiencing the present by transplanting memory into the future. For this artist this is the only way for endowing each gesture in the present with responsibility.


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Giuseppe Caccavale "Il Basilico del poco"