Saturday, 10 November, 2018
Silvia Argiolas, Gon Bregu, Raffael Antonio Iglesias and Daniel Segrove
22 September - 10 November, 2018
Reception: Saturday, 22 September, 5 - 8 p.m
PRESS RELEASE - for immediate release
RKG is proud to bring new works by four outstanding artists both local and international,with a wide range of style and subject matter. On the one hand, individual experience that invites discourse with the artwork of Silvia Argiolas and Raffael Iglesias brings immediate connection, while on the other, the contemplative quality projected by Agron Bregu and Daniel Segrove opens both subject and skill to them.
"Nuovi Tool Kit per Donne" (New Toolkit for Ladies) - Silvia Argiolas
Her sense of the moment within her painting-like drawings are rooted in the blinks of
life experiences. They are casual, suggestive, restless. Silvia paints as seamlessly as
life lived first-hand, spontaneously.
"My work is not mediated by sketches or preliminary drawings because I prefer to intervene directly on paper or on canvas, indulging the feelings that I experience at that moment. Many of the characters that fill my paintings, also at the
same time vaguely resemble me, stealing my identity. This allows me to be an integral
part of the narrative, and the painting becomes for me a kind of psychoanalysis
... I ask myself constantly questions about human behaviour, but with curiosity, without
judging, because I will not be the one to define "good" and "bad". That task I leave in
the end to the viewer."
The haunting work of Milan-based painter Silvia Argiolas has been shown in solo
exhibitions at RKG, always attracting attention.
Self Portraits - Agron (Gon) Bregu
Self-portraits are where we see contemplative and eclectic elements inform the nature
of Gon’s painting. Low-key subjects are rendered fluently; vulnerability
transcends Gon’s painting, making it open to the sublime. Certainty becomes a tested
act in painting.
Agron Bregu's work is in the permanent collection of the National Art Gallery of
Albania. Garnering attention from art lovers since his debut, Gon lives and works in
Memoria - Raffael Antonio Iglesias
Raffael's work in this exhibition brings the eclectic potential conceived and produced
during his residency of the past two months, which marked a return to painting after a
long hiatus. Iglesias' work is rooted in his inner nature, focused with comfort, facing the
uncomfortable in artistic practice as in life.
"My work has always been a marriage of aesthetic boundaries, intersecting 'high' and
'low' art. This exhibition is an aesthetic extension of my previous work. My aesthetic
approach is ... like the relationship a samurai has with his sword."
Quotidian - Daniel Segrove
Everyday, mundane or monotonous life, trying to project Segrove's own experience or
significance onto ordinary scenes, exploring the monotonous routines and overlooked
moments. A dissonant look at day-to-day life, situations and environments that are
easily passed by but have a sense of fleeting importance. Like the moments
themselves the work is rendered in a way that shows where context and emptiness
coexist. A nihilistic approach to painting, often unfinished and mostly empty but still
with the sense of activation, unity and order.
Daniel’s explorations of traditional subjects such as portraits and the human form are
unconventional. His work incorporates oil paint, acrylic, pastel, charcoal, graphite,
collage, and mixed visual disciplines.
Daniel Segrove is a graduate in multidisciplinary mixed media with a BFA from the
Academy of Art University, San Francisco. Daniel currently lives and works in
California, and has shown his work in the United States and internationally.