Alessandro Calabrese: A Storm of Randomness

Inspired by... Francis Bacon

In Inspired by... a talented young photographer highlights an image that has inspired them throughout their career. 

Sand Dune, 1983 © Francis Bacon

One of the most important influences for my projects is the work of Francis Bacon. From a visual stand point a specific painting comes to mind: Sand Dune (1983). I don't know if it is a starting point for what I've already done, or if it's a point of arrival for where I will end up in the future. What I know, is that I cannot stop looking at it, it is with me every day.

Conceptually, I find the way Bacon's paintings run on the verge between figurative and abstract art extremely important and fascinating. Here I must mention the research Gilles Deleuze carried out on the Irish painter's production in the essay Logique de la Sensation (Éditions de la Difference, 1981). Bacon was looking for a way to avoid the illustrative and narrative components, something which photography started to tackle while he was still in the early years of his career. In order to do this, he used geometric forms to isolate the Figure and blurring to destroy sharpness. In this manner, reminiscent of Jacques Tati's cinema or James Joyce's writing, both dialogs take away literal significance, much like the brushstrokes in Selfportrait (1973). All of it happens under a storm of randomness in an attempt to foster sensations rather than to communicate or arouse emotions.

About Alessandro Calabrese

Alessandro Calabrese studied Landscape Architecture at IUAV (Venice) and attended the Master in Photography and Visual Design at NABA, Milan, in 2012. After working as an assistant to Hans van der Meer he's now based in Milan - where he lives, works and teaches photography at Accademia di Belle Arti in Bergamo.

Alessandro was selected through the Foam Talent Call 2015 to have his portfolio published in Foam Magazine #42: Talent (2015) and is currently part of the Foam Talent exhibition now traveling from Paris to Brussels (De Markten, 19 March - 15 April 2016) and London (Beaconsfield Gallery, 22 April - 22 May).

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