Abstract transmutation

Gianfranco Spada 001

Contemporary architecture has often derived inspiration from the different forms and expressions of modern art, generally from abstract art. Many of the iconic buildings of modern architecture, which every architect holds in their mind’s eye, can be directly associated with works of art or artistic movements. These architectural works, having undergone a process of purification and transposition, are like artistic ideas that have been beamed into the real world, at last sharing the same physical dimension as human life, something which only architecture among the arts can achieve. With these buildings, abstract art, a way of interpreting and synthesizing the world, also materializes in that same reality, as if an idea, having passed through a process of transmutation, was returning to its original state. Spada’s work constitutes a latter stage of this altered state, a new transmutation that repositions these buildings within the abstract world of two-dimensional painting on canvas. This passing from one state to another serves to purify form, eliminating all that is superfluous and enhancing the essential – through the suppression of shadow and extraneous elements, for example – and provides the real strength of these paintings.

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