VINCENZO CASTELLA
Print


"ITEM # 4 TORINO", 2002.
Gicleé Print. 76 x 60 cms. Edición 5.


“#02 LONDOMINO LE TORSI, TORINO”, 2002.
Cibachrome sobre metacrilato. 90 x 113.5 cms. Edición 5.

Solo exhibition at Madrid Fúcares Gallery.
From December 14, 2005 to January 28, 2006.

Fúcares Gallery hosts the second individual exhibition in Madrid by the artist Vincenzo Castella (Naples, 1952) with a series of recent works reflecting his interest in the unrelenting changes in the landscape of the post-industrial town.

Vincenzo Castella uses a big-format camera to take his photos and digital technology to print them, and he creates urban landscapes exploring the similarities and differences among cities. Characterised by painstaking detail and horizons blurring in the distance, his aerial views of the cities not only compare and contrast historical differences, but also register unstoppable changes in the urban fabric. Castella’s images depart from the tradition of urban photography, but the cities he depicts appear incomprehensible. We are offered a deliberately puzzling maze of streets and buildings, where domes, towers and the rest of urban landmarks blur in the midst of an anonymous surface made of medium-height blocks that spread to the infinite in a soft haze. In contrast with the idealised views of 19c, here we face a kind of city whose reading has been obscurEdicción From this height, Naples, Milan or Rotterdam appear as simple designations, incapable of conveying a character of their own to the buildings they contain, which might well be found in any other big city.

Castella employs digital technology in order to alter in a subtle way the appearance of these landscapes, colours are modified, and the horizon vanishes in a crystal-clear mist. As he has pointed out, one of the essential points of his work is the creation of a subtle barrier between the concepts of truth and realism, rendering us unable to make out where image manipulation starts and where actual fact ends. This exhibition begins with an image of Naples coast, the very place photographed by Castella 20 years ago, an outstanding sample of his former work. He now has returned to these haunts with his camera, and in the new take we can see the changes left by time. The extent to which these changes are real is the question it poses.


"# 12 NAPOLI CAPODIMONTE" . 1978.
Gicleé Print. 76 x 60 cms. Edición 5.


"ITEM # 02 MILANO", 1998.
Gicleé Print. 76 x 60 cms. Edición 5.


"# 01 MARSIGLIA", 2005.
C-Print montado en plexiglas. 115 x 91 cms. Edición 5.


"ROTTERDAM ERASMUS BRIDGE", 2002.
C-Print montado en plexiglas. 91 x 115 cms. Edición 5.


"# 01 GENOVA" , 2004.
C-Print montado en plexiglas. 115 x 91 cms. Edición 5.


"ITEM # 112 NAPOLI", 2000.
Gicleé Print. 76 x 60 cms. Edición 5.


"# 14 NAPOLI CAPODIMONTE" . 1978.
Gicleé Print. 76 x 60 cms. Edición 5.


"ITEM # 03 NAPOLI", 2000.
Gicleé Print. 76 x 60 cms. Edición 5.


"ROTTERDAM ARCHITECTURE BUILDINGS", 2002.
C-Print montado en plexiglas. 125 x 154 cms. Edición 5.


"NAPOLI POSILLIPO 2005".
2005. Gicleé Print. 76 x 94 cms. Edición 5.


“UNTITLED SIDE WALK, NAPOLI”, 2002.
Gliceé Print. 39 x 49 cms. Edición 5.


"NEW YORK -ROTTERDAM", 2005.
Gicleé Print. 70 x 60 cms. Edición 5.