Bellusci is a photographer who uses her material and her subject employing the instruments of vision: the eye and light, centering on the act of confrontation with light itself. Her objects become submerged as light is no longer the means to enlighten the subject but silently devours and becomes it.
Rossella Bellusci, 'Line portrait' 1990, silver gelatin print, each 40 x 57 cm. Barbara Behan is pleased to present Rossella Bellusci in her first London solo exhibition "Frontal Light". Bellusci is a photographer who uses her material and her subject in an entirely new way, employing the instruments of vision: the eye and light, centering on the act of confrontation with light itself. Her objects become submerged as light is no longer the means to enlighten the subject but silently devours and becomes it. The work is starkly minimalist and requires the viewer"s perseverance as the outlines of the object become a few imperceptible traces in what at first seems to be a sea of white monochrome. Yet this challenge should be met, just as she confronts so should we and thus she demands our attention. Her approach forces us to question our perceptions of even the most mundane of objects. We are being encouraged to explore and question light itself, remembering that it is "a living substance" as the artist puts it. Are we fooled by light? Does it reveal or rather shroud?
Rossella Bellusci has exhibited at and is represented in the collections of Centre Georges Pompidou Muse'e National d"Art Moderne, Paris; Bibliothe'que Nationale de France; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Ecole Nationale Superieur des Beaux-Arts, Paris; Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University, New York; Maison Europe'ene de la Photographie, Paris; Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris and Fond National d"Art Contemporain, Paris.
This solo exhibition shows series of works spanning the last two decades including "Still lifes", "Self-portraits", "Line portraits", "Frontal light" and a new edition "Man, Split and Divided". Rossella Bellusci is also showing at Art Projects during the London Art Fair, 52 Upper Street, Islington N1, 17-21 January 2007. Please visit us at Stand P9.
For further information and/or images please contact Barbara Behan on 020 7821 8793 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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