If painting has always been a reflection or projection of reality, in Orombelli’s works every distance between figure and background is erased by the technique he employs, as the subject is embodied in the pictorial matter itself. Applying the technique of the calicot, Orombelli uses colour to transfer the three-dimensionality of an object onto the pictorial surface so that reality and its pictorial extension become one in a new entity. The practice questions the relationship between painting and sculpture, between forms, space and matter. These epidermal casts seem to complete what Didi-Huberman defined as “la ressemblance par contact” (resemblance by contact), in a formalist, but also profoundly existential quest for the meaning of the things around us, and the way they constitute our reality.
Ludovico Orombelli (Como, 1996) He studied Fine Art at the Arts University Bournemouth, and he has participated in several residencies and exhibitions including: Old Truman Brewery, London (2019); IN PRATICA, The Blank Contemporary Art, Bergamo; VIR Viafarini in residence, Milan, (2020); Atlas, mappe e visioni dal Mediterraneo with Going Public, Milan (2021) and Entre-Acte at Renata Fabbri Contemporary Art, Milan (2021).