Italian artist Roberto Saletti conjures images from a time and space less defined and more like enigmatic memories with his "partial revelation" darkroom techniques.
Saletti's photographic explorations go beyond what is captured through his camera lens and begins with the creative work in the darkroom. Stretching the nature of the photographic image, Saletti uses a process of painting developing solution onto the white photograph paper with a rag after exposing the image onto the paper. This technique pushes his original image and creates greater freedom and expressiveness in Saletti's photographic artwork. Saletti commented, "I have learned to make optimal photos from a technical point of view; then I have realized I was being bored and I pushed to search for greater freedom."
Like giving movement to a memory, Saletti technique creates images that take flight from the physical time and place where the subject was photographed and become ethereal and haunting. The static subject photographed through the artist lens is stretched to become a dreamlike representation of the subject, unveiling like clouds or smoke signals to the viewer. "What I try to create is images without time, to give life to statues," Roberto Saletti.
Mr. Saletti's artworks will be exhibited at the Farmani Gallery beginning on April 16, 2009 with an opening reception from 6-8PM.
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