Featured Artist Bernard Boffi

Bernard Boffi’s remarkable paintings create a link between our reality and what cannot be seen. Learn more about his work by visiting his website.

 

“Solar Sail” Oil on Linen, 64” x 80”

“Solar Sail” Oil on Linen, 64” x 80”

 

When I was a child, my belief was that objects were formed by the character and personality of my parents. A mother’s milk, saturated, curious—an infant’s vision repeating and evolving.

 

“Fin Polari” Acrylic on Canvas, 122” x 78”

“Fin Polari” Acrylic on Canvas, 122” x 78”

 

Culture and science are problematic as content in painting. Ideas separate us from a concrete awareness of where we are in the fabric of nature.

 

“Green Monera” Acrylic and Aluminum on Linen, 48” x 72”

“Green Monera” Acrylic and Aluminum on Linen, 48” x 72”

 

Spontaneous, improvisational thinking as a window to understanding and defining self is also a phenomenon of nature. Contemplating complex natural phenomena with unknown but recognizable elements requires an improvisational performance, a venue for artist and viewer.

 

“Red Monera” Acrylic and Aluminum on Linen, 44” x 72”

“Red Monera” Acrylic and Aluminum on Linen, 44” x 72”

 

My first son, Oliver, was four months old when he was diagnosed with a neuroblastoma, a malignant tumor attached to his adrenal gland. This changed my position in the world and gave me the opportunity to experience innocence in the presence of terror—a door opened, which led me to question how I was seeing.

 

“The Two Zeros” Acrylic on Canvas, 60” x 28”

“The Two Zeros” Acrylic on Canvas, 60” x 28”

 

Suddenly, what I could not see became the center of my attention. A classic drama played with endless variations, innocence in the mesh of nature, a delicious object. My son is now twenty-eight years old.

 

“Memorist” Acrylic on Linen, 44.5” x 62”

“Memorist” Acrylic on Linen, 44.5” x 62”

 

“Theater for a Small Audience” began with thinking about the origin of malignant cells and how they appeared to be part of a play in nature. Like Giacometti’s “Le Palais a Quatre Heures du Matin” (The Palace at 4 am), the work was constructed like a stage. A stage, like an altar, is a device for sending and receiving, a theater for a small audience—the play in your head.

 

“Coma Berenices” Oil and Aluminum on Canvas, 46” x 50”

“Coma Berenices” Oil and Aluminum on Canvas, 46” x 50”

 

Nature incorporates an improvisational morphology in the process of its own creation. It is this sense that has helped me to create a link between experience and my incomplete understanding of nature.

 

 “Ornis Occular” Acrylic on Canvas, 64” x 84”

“Ornis Occular” Acrylic on Canvas, 64” x 84”

 

As in the painting “Ornis Occular” it is the relationship between light as a physical particle interacting with the structure of the brain that becomes an invisible, moving and complex phenomenon.

 

“Occitan” Acrylic on Linen, 48” x 72”

“Occitan” Acrylic on Linen, 48” x 72”

 

I try to construct works that relay the process of spontaneity inherent in the works’ intention. Between events in one’s life and the formal requirements of expression, one attempts to find what cannot be seen, or metaphorically constructed.

 

“Sixtile Cut” Acrylic on Canvas, 72” x 78”

“Sixtile Cut” Acrylic on Canvas, 72” x 78”

 

Hopefully this becomes an experience in which the viewer can participate.

 

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