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Guglielmo Castelli, Café Müller, 2019, mixed media on canvas, 19 3⁄4 × 15 3⁄4".

Guglielmo Castelli, Café Müller, 2019, mixed media on canvas, 19 3⁄4 × 15 3⁄4".

Guglielmo Castelli

Francesca Antonini Arte Contemporanea

Iposcenio, or “hyposcenium,” refers to the below-stage space where scenery and props are kept out of sight in the deep bowels of a theater. It was a fitting title for this exhibition of Guglielmo Castelli’s paintings, all tied to introspection or, rather, to the possibility of giving form to what lies hidden in the unconscious. This young Turinese artist’s idiosyncratic work contains no real narrative but offers potential plots and stories on the verge of being, or that might have been but never happened. Viewers are offered rapid glimpses into the interval between a before and an after, the time and space around an event, fractions of becoming. In this suspended dimension, Castelli stages intense, minuscule psychodramas, infusing his paintings with the raw contents of our inner lives.

Pushed by a centrifugal force, human bodies leave only a trace of their passage, trails of a presence.

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