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Alfonso Fratteggiani Bianchi
at Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Recommendation by Michael Abatemarco

Continuing through March 24, 2012


Working with natural pigments rubbed methodically by hand onto limestone slabs, Alfonso Fratteggiani Bianchi achieves deep color saturations that resonate with a sense of purity. Color groupings like his “Triptych #020; #021, #022, Blu” are only monochromatic when considering the separate elements of the whole. When considered together, they are a meditation on the varied hues found in nature. 


The same can be said of all the pieces in “Triptycon” arranged in sets by color. But there are subtle differences among the separate works of various pigments such as the assembly “#128 Roso,” “#113 Blu,” and “#130 Giallo.” They are arranged as a triptyich in the gallery but the individual pieces also stand on their own. “#130 Giallo” and some of the vibrant reds possess subtle and uniformly textured patterns; the darker blue works do not. But the dark blues posses a distinct gravity. One senses you can move into them, as through a door into twilight.

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