Men of the mountains. Robert Fekete


Siamo a Milano, l’anno è il 2015, e sembra impensabile varcare la soglia di un enorme e perfetto white cube post-industriale come quello della M77 per trovarsi davanti una mostra di tele coperte di montagne e barche a vela. Eppure, funziona.Robert Fekete’s Moving Mountains stand out from the last layer of his pyramid structured canvases. In front of them live constantly observant men, covered in dark coats and baseball caps. Featureless but strong, the close-up is on their invasive backs, stretched on the bottom of the paintings. They look like lovers of the outdoors, those kind of people that love to camp and go fishing, but Fekete’s prospective game makes them look as if they are sitting on the benches inside a museum, completely absorbed by the vision of a great painted mountain. They blend in and they clash, often they come back in more canvases as if, seated in a room, they were staring at a slide-show.

Fekete calls himself a neo-romantic, and follows Blake as his last and most important mentor, his men as examples, winners against the overwhelming power of the universe. The Romanian artist’s characters on the other hand don’t challenge actual Nature:  protected by their painter, they live in artificially human environments, in front of controlled and designed landscapes, frozen in a moment of perfect greatness. They look, knowing that they already won, far as they are from the truth of those mountains. Even the public that looks at them looking is one made of winners, staring at the world from behind their backs inside the elegant frame of a perfectly build exhibition, one without hitches and smears. Feteke keeps nature under his control, manageable, acceptable and without errors.

Nobody wants to look look at landscape paintings anymore, because they are too fake or too scary. Robert Fekete gets comfortably between fear and affectation and doesn’t ask us if we want to take part in his investigation of the world: whatever we do, his public is already there, trapped inside the canvas, forced to stare at a painted landscape that maybe he would have never chosen to look at.

Robert Fekete, Moving Mountains
Curated by Luca Beatrice
M77 Gallery
22 September – 31 October 2015


Robert Fakete, study for Looking at him looking, 2015


Robert Fakete, The route, 2015


Robert Fakete, At the base of the top, 2015


Robert Fakete, Looking at them sinking fast, 2015


Robert Fekete, Moving Mountains, Installation view, 2015

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