Ryts Monet and Fabio Roncato at Open Studios Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht
“Azzurro is a noble color, a beautiful color, more perfect than all the others; there’s nothing more to talk about than what it already is. And that color, combined together with the gold (…), on the wall or on a painting board, will make everything shine.”
Cennino Cenni, 1365 A.D.
This artistic collaboration between Ryts Monet and Fabio Roncato is a sitespecific installation titled On the line of the horizon that probes the poetic potential of the correspondence between common suggestion developed through different art practices. It is a reflection on “the unknown.” It demands we try to figure out the nature of the unexplored, and use creativity as a tool to fill in gaps in our knowledge of the material world – knowledge that we need to find our place in this world. In the work we thus sense the vastness of our tangible reality. Two separate elements that coexist in the same environment of the greenhouse, but develop differently: a pavement of used bricks covered in methylene blue pigmentation, and one galvanized meteorite. In both, a Western mythical heritage resonates. In the Roncato’s pavement installation each brick responds differently once the pigment is absorbed. Due to the differences in the chemical reaction, different aesthetic patterns develop, depending on the memory of the (painted) brick. Together however, these bricks, this grid loses its multiplicity, due to the overwhelming origin of the blue color: a reference to the divine, to mysticism, enigma and transcendence. The Monet’s celestial, gold-plated meteorite is placed within this grid, exploiting the color’s evocative potential as well as the material’s origin: a precious nucleus of synthesized metal, born from the collapse of the cores of the stars. Bright, motionless and fast asleep. A blue vacuum where the celestial singularity reside.
On the line of the horizon is being presented within the context of Open Studios at Van Eyck in Maastricht, the Netherlands, from 9- 11 March 2017. The participating artists, designers, architects and curators are displaying the results of their residency at the Jan van Eyck Academie in their studios and other locations throughout and beyond the building.
Jan Van Eyck Academie – Van Eyck Academie, Academieplein 1
6211 KM Maastricht Nederland
9-11 March 2017