Pablo Contrisciani’s Synthesis

By Manuela Gabaldon

altPablo Contrisciani’s last exhibition entitled “Synthesis” was on display at the Arch Gallery in Miami this past month. “Synthesis” was comprised of a variety of pieces from a series of works that the artist had originally entitled “Energies”, however, after he started working on the exhibition, the name “Synthesis” was developed to more aptly describe a body of work that Contrisciani believes to be “about multiplicity in pure abstraction; adding my particular seed to prior movements of abstract painting.” Like most of his shows, “Synthesis” was comprised of a variety of paintings and installations, mediums the artist deems essential to any expression, as the energy of one is quite different than that of the other; “For me an installation is related to a space, you create an environment with an installation,” he says, “The same installation in a different space doesn’t have the same impact. I like installations because you have all the freedom to intervene the space without limits, you can use the floor, the walls, the ceiling, etc.” His work with installations is something he tells me stemmed from the impulse to break the restrictions of a canvas, of setting finality aside and creating a piece that exhales continuity and an eternal quality definitively exclusive to art.

Combing a bright color palette with unrestricted brush strokes in a stylistic composition almost unique to the artist’s paintings at this point in his career, his means of self-expression markedly relies on an emotional and intimate feeling rather than the simple execution of an idea, as he explains. In his most recent artist statement, he describes his paintings as “different kinds of moods altogether in one frame”, a thought we find within Synthesis. “My work is about self-expression,” he says, “I use painting as a mirror, that’s why I do abstract painting, so I don’t have the excuse of representing something, to work behind and idea. I have all the freedom to deal directly with all my emotions simultaneously without any kind of restrictions.”

The work of contemporary Argentinean artist Pablo Contrisciani is one that is always evolving as the artist works to remain active and ever present in the city’s art scene. Acknowledging the importance of staying current he explains, “My work is about projecting subconscious emotions that transcend from the canvas into the realm of reality. My reality occurs in Miami, it is the environment that provides the context for my work. I am one of many artists who together with galleries, museums and art fairs create what you call the Miami art scene.” I like to think of artists like Contrisciani, who have such a purposeful attitude and understanding of their contribution to their city, as activists of the arts –  always moving, always working. It is true, as he says, that he is part of a larger team, a community that takes it upon itself to promote a culture, to defend the survival of a relevant art scene.

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