Stefano Chiassai

Diario di un lockdown

  • Binding Hardcover
  • Size 17 x 24 cm
  • Pages 232
  • Illustrations 210
  • Language Italian, English
  • Year 2021
  • ISBN 9788836650224
  • Price € 30,00  € 28,50
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Diary of a Lockdown. March 8, 2020 – August 31, 2021 by Stefano Chiassai is not a volume. It is not even a book. Nor is it a catalogue. It is a gallery of thoughts. A waltz of emotions. A cry for freedom. Chiassai’s art narrates moments experienced during the Coronavirus pandemic. An introspective journey. Private fragments. Reflections suspended between silence and the restlessness of everyday life. A creativity marked by a stylistic and artistic identity, strongly consolidated in Italian visual culture. On white sheets of paper, Chiassai has “engraved” words, lines, figures, geometries, patterns, and bodies. He has turned two-dimensional surfaces into matter through the use of color and has attained a formal threedimensionality adopting Renaissance perspectives and resorting to the use of frames. He highlighted the outlines of “his gestures” on paper with rigor and precision. His is never an interpretation that more or less adheres to reality. It is a true invention of characters, talking animals, dancing goblins, singing men, and floating objects. He faced the world by sitting at a desk, where he let himself be carried away by the energy of his imagination. He drew an imaginary dialogue, enriched by sections called “Press Review,” containing titles of relevant articles published in several of the most important newspapers worldwide. He transformed the fear of the virus into the chance of getting to know and dwelling on boundless beauty. The interpreter of a new quasi-plastic decorativism, Diary of a Lockdown. March 8, 2020 – August 31, 2021 is a collection of unpublished works created by the Tuscan artist. Works that seem to be inspired by the words of Pierre Bonnard, “Painting should be predominantly decorative. The disposition of lines reveals true talent. Genius.”