Niele Toroni

Galerie Yvon Lambert

Some artists have approached painting through its surface, others through pigment or color. Niele Toroni has chosen to approach it through the brush. This choice has resulted in the method that the painter has been using, since January 1967, with absolute rigor and perfect regularity. The articulation of this method varies little. Toroni upholds one single rule: on a given support a N° 50 brush is applied at regular intervals of 30 centimeters. Only the given supports—canvas, cotton, paper, oilcloth, wall, floor—and the time taken to complete the work vary. Sometimes the brushmarks fall into simple configurations whose presence doesn’t play any particular role: it is a simple “formality.”

The radical efficacy of this constantly repeated, nearly identical gesture lies in the atemporal evidence of its absolute certainty: painting is made only of paint, the brushmark can reveal all of it, the

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