“Dream of a City” by Gleb Shtyrmer

THE EXHIBITION:

One day a man dreamed he was a city. He felt like as if his body, consisting of roofs and walls, palaces and churches, columns and trees, was washed by rains and warmed by the sun; Somebody’s aspirations and hopes were streaming through its roads; Streets were lit by someone’s joy flowing down from open windows; Someone’s despair was stuck in the indifference of closed doors.

The man dreamed that the city unable to escape the stupefying fog of memories of its long gone glory, plunged into a heavy sleep. However, translucent remembrances passing gracefully before his eyes were overshadowed by the realization of a disquieting fact. In distinction from a well-known fairy tale, this luscious dream could only be interrupted by a storm.

Awakened, the man couldn’t get rid of the feeling that he was still looking at people around him with a distant eye of a lamppost. An ancient doubt, like a crack on the mirror, distorted his inner self: “Am I a man who dreamed he is a city, or am I a city that now dreams it is a man?”

Dream of a City is a series of graphic works that represent a poetic reflection on artist’s experience of living in Florence. The choice of monotype as an artistic medium is conditioned by the immediacy and expressiveness of this technique. The monochrome character of the prints is intended to emphasize the surreal and oneiric atmosphere of deserted cityscapes.

Una notte un uomo sognò di essere una città. Sentiva come se il suo corpo, composto da tetti e pareti, palazzi e chiese, colonne e alberi, fosse stato lavato dalla pioggia e scaldato dal sole. Le aspirazioni e le speranze di molte persone scorrevano lungo le strade; la gioia di altre, calando dalle finestre aperte, illuminava i marciapiedi; la disperazione rimaneva immobile nell’indifferenza dei portoni chiusi.

La città, immobile nei dolci ricordi della gloria passata, sprofondò in un sonno pesante. Tuttavia, le reminiscenze traslucide, passando davanti ai suoi occhi, venivono oscurate da un inquietante fatto: a differenza di una nota fiaba, questo sogno poteva essere interrotto solo da una tempesta.

Al suo risveglio, sentiva di guardare le persone intorno con lo sguardo distante di un lampione. Un dubbio, come una crepa sullo specchio, distorceva la percezione di sé: “Sono un uomo che sogna di essere una città o una città che sogna di essere un uomo?”

Dream of a City è una serie di opere grafiche che rappresentano una riflessione poetica sull’esperienza di vita a Firenze. La scelta del monotipo come mezzo artistico è condizionata dall’immediatezza e dall’espressività di questa tecnica. Il carattere monocromatico delle stampe è destinato ad esaltare l’atmosfera surreale e onirica delle vedute di una città.

THE ARTIST:

Gleb Shtyrmer is a Florence based Israeli artist born in 1984 in the USSR. Trained as an engineer at Tel Aviv University (2008) and as a painter at the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence (2016). Gleb focuses his artistic research on the intimate relationship between the urban space and people who live it. Working both outdoors and in the studio, the artist uses drawing, printmaking and painting to create deserted and dream-like cityscapes representing what best identifies the experience of being in a contemporary urban environment where the individual remains anonymous and lonely.

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EXHIBITION OPENING:

EXHIBITION DETAILS:

OPENING:

September 7, h. 7 pm

DATES:

September 7 - October 19 2017
mon-fri 10:00 am – 9:00 pm - free entrance

SPACE:

ADDRESS:

Santa Reparata International School of Art
Via Santa Reparata 19r, 50129 Firenze

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