Alfred Boman – Shadow of the Colossus
September 20 - November 3, 2012
fluxia – via giovanni ventura 6 – Milan
In Shadow of the Colossus the artist presents a new series of abstract paintings on wood and canvas, together with two iron sculptures and outdoor installations conceived for the Fluxia gallery’ s terraces. The rise of digital and virtual imaging had high impact on our relation to images and image-making, af fecting our perceptive and cognitive mechanisms of meaning attribution. As a result, the boundary between what is recognized as true or false, actual or fictitious, real or virtual is an incredibly fluid and flexible matter.
Alfred Boman’ s practice draw a reflection on the actual limits and possibili ties for painting on the edge of these paradoxes. The canvases are created through a process of layering, each level of composition serving both as a mask and a revelator. An abstract, magmatic background is the starting point on which a new level is developed, simultaneously hiding and re-shaping the former one in a constant and mutual delimitation. Framing is conceived as a fundamental aspect of any composition, while meaning remains a partial, ephemeral facet of the overlapping process. In a similar way, Boman’ s sculptures function in the space as framing device for the paintings, demanding a further shift of perspective and scale.
The thin, painted iron structures are a concretization of the p aintings’ graphic patterns, tangible elements that blur and expand the boundaries between real and virtual space. The wall-mounted painted iron grids, on the other hand, are capable to reduce the friction between object and image to the minimum terms, resembling semantic skeletons. The last work in the exhibition is a sculpture of an oversized pair of eyeglasses installed
on the side terrace. V isible only through the gallery’ s windows, it remains, in a symbolical and humourus way, out of reach.
Alfred Boman was born in 1981 in Luleå, Sweden. He studied Art History at the Gothenburg University, Sweden, before attending the Städelschule für Bildende Künste in Frankfurt, Germany.
Among his recent exhibitions : Nobody knows you’re a dog, Kalmar Konstmuseum, Kalmar, Sweden; Kärlekens språk, Konstakademin Stockholm, Sweden (duo with Karl Norin); Rundgang, final exhibition at Städelschule Frankfurt, Germany; Post war and contemporary, Grimm museum, Berlin, Germany; 100% fuel, Flipp project space, Naples, Italy (duo with Hannes Michaneck); My moron child how have I angered you?, Fluxia, Milan, Italy; SenOren, Gothenburg, Sweden.