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Art Watch : Carlos Bongiovanni

Carlos Bongiovanni is our Art Watch Artist for today. This section is brought to you by Art From Us and Divvya Nirula. The Artists we spotlight here can be from any field, across nay discipline, and using a variety of media. We share here why we think they are important and worth watching. Be it genius creators of eras gone by. Or the upcoming contemporary artist who is yet to have their first show. All come under the purview of Art Watch.

Why Carlos Bongiovanni?

The reason we are featuring Bongiovanni’s works here today is for the dissonance that he creates. In all his works there is a sense of the serene and calm. When we see the image from afar. Upon closer inspection we find not just the beautifully painted birds, and fruit and vistas of real life. But disturbing elements that should not be there amidst these beautiful images. It is this ability of his to draw you in with the beautiful. And then make you uncomfortable with the disjointed and unpleasant that has me putting him in this section!

Bongiovanni’s artistic brilliance lies in the aesthetic weaving of the disparate. And his quest which is related to the combination of elements that could seem disconnected just by looking at them. It can be safely said that in this union, the elements are ‘resignified’ and throw an open visual challenge the spectator, in a rich way. They often cause bewilderment and open questions. This is a trope that has been used by many artist in the past. Not just contemporary but also from 19th century and perhaps earlier. It displays the artists interrogation of the idea of beauty as well their engagement with the viewing audience. 

This characteristic is present both on his plastic and audio visual works. This is an element which is deployed in cinema as well when harmonious music is set against a scene of war or crime.

For more Artists handpicked by Divvya Nirula – explore the ART WATCH archive.

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