Bartha Contemporary is delighted to present ALTERATION/DEVIATION, a series of new works on paper by Giulia Ricci.
Made over the past year these pieces employ a triangular element organised within a grid and the artist's preferred method of freehand drawing. Embracing a considerably larger scale than her previous works, this suite marks a significant development in this emerging artist's work. The composition of each painting is, in essence, a repeat pattern of bold and clearly ordered geometric arrangement. These works exemplify the principle that a small change can generate unexpected consequences and cascading transformations, a circumstance which might resonate with wider events unfolding around us.
Giulia Ricci is interested in the ambiguous nature of the relationship between abstraction and ornament; the seemingly abstract nature of the work is only partially so as the patterns she uses refer to physical objects such as textiles and architectural details.
Giulia Ricci's renewed interest in and engagement with architecture has sparked the interest in exploring works on a larger scale.
The compositional strategy of Alteration/Deviation is based on a limited range of changes in a pattern which are obtained by modifying the orientation of a right-angled triangle within a square.
Ricci is interest in the concept of embodied cognition, according to which the body and its sensations influence our cognitive processes. This notion has informed her interpretation of the relationship that we have with spaces from a purely tactile perspective.