Curated by Giuseppe Pizzuto
Critical essay by Marta Silvi
Remi Rough (London, 1971) is one of the greatest exponents of the abstract current of urban art. Coming from the UK art scene of the 80s, he has pursued his research both in the gallery space and through public interventions. The artist combines the purism of avant-garde movements such as Suprematism, with a totally modern expressionistic energy to create powerful abstract compositions. His synthetic yet dynamic lines and neat geometric colour forms, whether on walls or on canvas, acquire an almost sculptural dimension.
Remi Rough has exhibited in important international institutions and events such as the Biennale of Street Art in Moscow, the Museé Mohammed VI in Rabat, the MB6 Marrakech Biennale, the Urban Art Biennale at the Völklinger Museum, the Museum of Fine Art of Santander and the Maison De L’Architecture in Strasbourg.
Symphony of Systematic Minimalism, Remi Rough’s first solo exhibition in Italy, explored the relationship between visual art and music. With an experience in music production of over 20 years, Remi’s artistic and musical expression have always been intrinsically linked. As music’s abstract language, in Remi’s paintings the visual elements become a chromatic system of pure forms. In his works colours, lines and shapes are modulated as visual “chords” in a musical composition, resulting in a dynamic and precise structure, where nothing is arbitrary and everything is in the right place. Each painting, along with the musical composition created especially for it, acquires a temporal dimension, evolves in time and becomes an experience.
For his show at Wunderkammern, Remi Rough presented large scale works on canvas together with music written and produced by the artist. He presented as well artworks on paper and a site-specific installation in the gallery. On the occasion of the opening, the book #RoughSketches Volume 01 was presented, together with a limited special edition created by Sandra Varisco. The artist was present at the opening.
Municipio Roma V