For certain projects, the artist Paolo Bottarelli uses the pseudonym De Pawlowsky as a tribute to Duchamp, recalling Gaston De Pawlowsky who is said to have inspired The Large Glass. Born in Brescia in 1975, Bottarelli studied painting at the Academy of fine Art in Venice, graduating in the phenomenology of contemporary art, before abandoning art in favour of chess. For ten years his studies focussed on chessboard squares, perfect mathematical calculations and flashes of intuition. He played almost obsessively, becoming a master in the field, while at the same time he also studied music, became interested in science, and spent long years in isolation in a house in Venice, where he read up on and studied mathematics, physics and astrophysics in depth. In 2008 he held his first solo show "Epifanie matematiche" in Milan, while in Berlin he exhibited "Mind-Brain", a site-specific installation produced in collaboration with the Association of Neuroesthetics - Platform for Contemporary Art and Neuroscience. Over the next few months he is due to exhibit his works at the Yautepec Gallery in Mexico City.
De Pawlowsky currently lives and works in Berlin. His works explore the mysteries of the invisible, the perfections and imperfections of science, the wave surrounding the conscious and the unconscious, the mechanisms of the brain, and the connections and distortions of the mind. For him, the essence of identity has to do with science, but also with analogy; the spectacular calculations of quantum physics can describe something that the logical thought process cannot gratify. For these reasons, his works are a journey into the recesses of the soul. The string theory cohabits with a form of painting charged with emotional temporality, transferring the energy of thought into gesture. Bottarelli's series of mathematical formulae and symbols is a compelling seduction for poetical and contemplative eyes. His notebook becomes a hard disk in which data is condensed and preserved, like an external memory.
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