Emmanuel Fremin Gallery is pleased to announce its grand re-opening 1/5/12


Emmanuel Fremin Gallery  is pleased to announce its grand re-opening in
its new, larger Chelsea space located at  547 West 27 Street, suite 508.
The gallery first vernissage will be held on January 5, 2012 from 6-8 PM,
introducing a 5 week solo show for Italian born artist Giuseppe
for his “Indepensense” series. Following a wide acclaim
reception in 2011 at Art Hamptons, the AAF, Greenwich Art Fair and Red Dot
Miami, this will be be the first solo show for Giuseppe in the United

Giuseppe Mastromatteo was born in Italy in1970 . After a period spent as a
recordist’s assistant inside a record company, he graduated from Accademia
di Comunicazione di Milano in art direction. He writes about the Arts,
teaches Advertising at various significant academic institutions, and
collaborates with the Triennale Museum of Milan in the role of art
director. Since 2005 his works have been exhibited at the Fabbrica Eos Art
Gallery, Milan as well as at national and international art fairs. He
currently lives and works in Milan.

Mastromatteo’s portraits bring poetic Surrealism back to life. They could
be collages, but take advantage of the subtlety of digital technology to
reproduce humanity in impossible and illusory dimensions. Ripped faces,
eyes and ears which run through hands, are the centre of an imaginary truth
that draws inspiration from the visions of Magritte and Man Ray to land
inside a new visual synthesis with stylistic patterns representing the most
contemporary photography of our time, in a continuous overlapping of visual
languages that live in the world of advertising and genuine research.
Backgrounds are white, the light homogeneous: nothing averts the detailed
expressions in the characters of this silent and fascinating theatre of the
absurd. Transfigured bodies, pierced and lacerated do not show any form of
violence, but instead pose solemnly in front of the photographer=92s lens,
beyond any suffering. No expression exists in these faces, there is no
tension, but rather a sense of timelessness that leaves us open to reflect
about the uncertainty of this third millennium. The observer’s eye is
immediately attracted by the extravagance of these creatures, which at the
same time produces a true sense of discomfort and uneasiness. Mastromatteo
intervenes in the interior sense of beauty. The models he chooses for his
images bring to the stage classic canons of harmony and equilibrium
creating a complex dialectict between fascination and repulsion. From here
the evident sensation emerges of discovering oneself in front of a Pantheon
where every possibility of self identification is precluded. A universe
unto itself is the object of aesthetic contemplation and intriguing
reverence, magnified by the means with which this is all narrated because
photography continues to maintain a link with an indissoluble reality of
facts. The process of recognition inherent in portrait photography appears
as something distant. Physiognomy comes to light only to recover the
aesthetic detail of our time. Reality and fiction appear as outdated ideas
with full attention focusing on memory. As a conclusion, in order to bring
together feelings and fragments of this project, photography in itself
seems not enough and becomes something more, transforming into a metaphor
of itself, reaching the final objective of communicating through other
forms and channels.

Denis Curti.

Emmanuel Fremin Gallery
547 West 27 Street suite 508, New York, NY 10001


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