SYP GALLERY is pleased to announce the exhibition of Cristian Boffelli, “APPUNTI -備忘録-” from Thursday, May 20, 2021.
Born in 1972 in Vaprio d’Adda (MILANO), Italy, Cristian Boffelli majored in Painting at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. In 2002, along with four other artists and artisans, he established the cooperative “L.P.K Workshop” for the creative activities of the mentally challenged through painting, printmaking, and ceramics. He has also pursued an active career creating and exhibiting paintings and printed works while residing in Europe, Brazil, Japan, India, Sri Lanka and the United States.
The main themes Boffelli constantly pursue are the “figures” of animals and human beings, or so to say, the very form of living creatures. These “figures” continue to change shape, twist and become almost indistinguishable and finally result in regaining a mysteriously familiar appearance. He has explored and used printmaking and drawing on various materials such as canvas, cardboard, metal, wood and paper but his true constant work is the black line. He uses a single determined line to build a closed shape inside a neutral space. To those who ask Boffelli why, after so many years, he is still pursuing and exploring the same theme over and over, he explains that his work became like a funny experiment to him because he wants to see where the black line will ultimately lead him.
The artworks presented in this exhibition are the result of the last 3 years of work, where the screen printing is the most used technique. The collaboration with a Kyoto silk-screen workshop led the artist to resume experimentation on large formats, which was previously carried out in India and Sri Lanka, and gave confirmation to the possibility of obtaining unique pieces even when the technique offers a greater circulation of copies. It is important to note that the use of this printing technique is a choice of language and not a commercial one. The human and animal figures are the main theme of the new cycle of works, while the sign remains the preferred mean for its realization.
Boffelli says: “Among the various definitions of jotting down notes, the one I borrow to title this exhibition is … short and quick annotation to keep the essential elements of a subject caught on paper. The subject, in this case, is my relationship with all the things of life, specifically those that concern my existence. The jotting becomes the tool to capture and justify my presence in images, along with having also a family, children and a social life.”