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Alessandro Roma, Il sole mi costrinse ad abbandonare il giardino (The Sun Forced Me to Abandon the Garden), 2011, oil, spray, graphite, and collage on canvas, 82 5/8 x 70 7/8".

Alessandro Roma

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Alessandro Roma, Il sole mi costrinse ad abbandonare il giardino (The Sun Forced Me to Abandon the Garden), 2011, oil, spray, graphite, and collage on canvas, 82 5/8 x 70 7/8".

The works of Alessandro Roma are complex visual machines, perfectly constructed to deceive the eye. The artist uses collage to compose landscapes that only at first glance seem to possess a possible uniformity. The deception is dual, for not only is each image the result of a stratification of fragments with multiple viewpoints, but the picture plane, which from a distance seems like painting, is revealed to be a surface made up of collaged elements. Oil paint, spray, enamel, and graphite all appear too, but the handmade becomes nearly indistinguishable from, say, pieces of fabric or bits of photographic imagery blown up from printed sources. All these visual episodes slide into one another, forming connections through affinity or contrast. The damask weave of a textile is taken up again in a passage painted in oil, a photographic detail of a landscape becomes an element of

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