THE AIR-CONDITIONED NIGHTMARE Painting by Fabio Cacioni

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Painting: Oil, Acrylic on Canvas.

The air-conditioned nightmare that writer Henry Miller also talked about. An American post-war society (in general Western society) totally projected towards enrichment and accumulation, to the detriment of the weaker individual, sometimes only more sensitive, simply different from the man-mass archetype that they wanted to build in the form and substance of the "perfect consumer".
When society evolves in this way, the artist's task is to "suffer" more than others, but at the same time to try to find, in this greater discomfort, those forces that push him to seek the truth and to witness it.
We can perceive the nightmare more clearly at night, when everything is silent, and thoughts, anxieties, the dormant desire for rebellion overlap over each other, increasing discomfort…
The tones of the canvas are dark. There is a figure completely black in the middle of the scene that shakes in sleep. The red outline that follows it highlights its anxiety of rebellion, against the black that has imprisoned it and canceled it out, making it the same as all the others.
I do not give up my materiality of color: on the one hand in the walls surrounding the bed shaken like a stormy boat; on the other in the luxuriant nature that suddenly opens up to its right, like a gleam of freedom that is always possible at the cost, however, of a certain marginalization.
Sometimes I use the materiality of color (more than in other areas of the canvas) to develop what I consider "the heart of the problem", but also the possible solutions.
Technically also understood as what is most important for the artist and that deserves a waste of resources and more time.


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THE AIR-CONDITIONED NIGHTMARE

Fabio Cacioni

Italy

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Size: 27.6 W x 27.6 H x 0.8 in

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