Faceless! – who nose who?! Perpetual change in the looking glass – Part One

Portraits by Adriano Gemelli

Exhibition begins 16th April  at Kelly & Gemelli – Art & Design

Kelly & Gemelli will present the exhibition in 2 parts over a period of 3 months. Works include digital, graphite drawings, metal – stainless steel & mild steel, reflective hologram & mixed media

My series of works have been devoted to moments of change – mentally, physically, environmentally.  Comprising of time and concepts, T.S. Elliot in Burnt Norton* and the Greek philosopher, Zeno** and his paradox between Achilles and the turtle, made it useful to self-question portraiture –  the transition from moment to moment, and not necessarily in a linear fashion, the effect of the past on the present, and the present being confronted by issues of moment.  How does this effect the sitter one is trying to do a portrait of ? Of course, as much as this is happening to the sitter, the same is happening to the painter.

In traditional portraiture one documents a moment in time i.e. a “likeness”. How does one capture the dimensional shift by following Zeno to his absurd end or try to capture multiple changes of references out of time ricocheting in time.

It is with some of these thoughts I felt it worthy of exploration and conundrum in visual language that challenge the artist to create an appropriate portrait, hence the Title “Faceless, who nose who … Perpetual change in the looking glass

*T.S. Eliot. BURNT NORTON (No. 1 of ‘Four Quartets’)

** Zeno of Elea (c. 450 BCE)

“Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future
And time future contained in time past.
If all time is eternally present
All time is unredeemable.
What might have been is an abstraction
Remaining a perpetual possibility
Only in a world of speculation.” T.S Elliot – Burnt Norton


Jodie” – Adriano Gemelli – Digital print on aluminium – 1/5 – 795mm x 1220mm




“People I know” 780mm x 1060mm – Reflective hologram & mixed media on synthetic paper – SOLD


Exhibition view  – Kelly & Gemelli – Art & Design – “Faceless! – who nose who?! Perpetual change in the looking glass’


“Jocean” – Adriano Gemelli – Digital print of drawing – 1200mm x 1000mm

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