Villa la Guardiola – Marciana (LI) Isola d’Elba

Giuseppe Camerini (Milan, 1938–2021)

The passion for mathematics subtends the artistic production of a lifetime

Giuseppe Camerini’s artistic production, rich in pictorial, sculptural, and graphic works, covers a period spanning from the early 1960s until the end of his life.

A continuous and uninterrupted dedication that took him to apply himself in the field of figurative art for the simple need to express himself or, as he loved to repeat “to extract something essential from the surrounding and lived reality; the beauty, a formal harmony, a profound feeling that holds it all together”.

“My intention has always been that of bringing out a formal hidden harmony, not derived from symmetry or other emphases, but whose source is found in an underlying mathematical principle, neither easy nor impossible to recognise”

GIUSEPPE CAMERINI

Two-Dimensional Works

Between the 1960s and 1970s, in what he defined as his “almost figurative” period, Camerini always painted something simple and fundamental, generally landscapes characterised by one particular motif. The works from this first phase appear as paradigms of pure beauty and harmony, the canvas has a direct reference to reality, even if idealised. Gradually, the artist would abandon the figurative, embracing instead the new forms of abstractionism.

Three-Dimensional Works

Camerini experimented with creations that lightly brushed the third dimension, progressing on to producing works in steel, wood, plexiglass, and LEDs, to express abstract concepts of a philosophical matrix, always searching for a sense of harmony and absolute beauty. The sole aim of the works was, in the artist’s words, “to express a sense of essential beauty and harmony”. Some of these have found an evocative location inside Procchio’s Guardiola Park, Elba, and in a building in the heart of the city of Varese.

Works Deriving from a Geometric Motif

Since the 1980s and 1990s, Giuseppe Camerini also dedicated himself to the creation of works that all started from a geometric motif obtained from a programme needed to provide, starting from a simple form with straight lines, its multiplication using well-defined rules. Also constituting part of this family of works are the “fractals”: paintings in which one part is similar to the whole. Many of his most iconic works have one precise characteristic: a formal balance deriving from a parity of different coloured surfaces, while in others modular analytic geometry generates harmony.

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Graphic Works

Camerini also devoted himself for a long time to the production of graphic images and designs made with specific programmes prepared for him by Andrea Cavalli. The most representative amongst these are: L’Isola Ideale (The Ideal Island), to which he dedicated a treatise available for consultation, Forma (Shape), Automa cellulare (Cellular Automaton), and Riccio di mare (Sea Urchin). Some of his graphic art, specifically those in which the aperiodic tessellation of Penrose was implemented, also became the distinctive symbol of Cantina Cecilia, the winery he founded in the early 1990s on Elba.

Giuseppe Camerini’s artistic production, rich in pictorial, sculptural, and graphic works, covers a period spanning from the early 1960s until the end of his life.

A continuous and uninterrupted dedication that took him to apply himself in the field of figurative art for the simple need to express himself or, as he loved to repeat “to extract something essential from the surrounding and lived reality; the beauty, a formal harmony, a profound feeling that holds it all together”.

“My intention has always been that of bringing out a formal hidden harmony, not derived from symmetry or other emphases, but whose source is found in an underlying mathematical principle, neither easy nor impossible to recognise”

GIUSEPPE CAMERINI

Two-Dimensional Works

Between the 1960s and 1970s, in what he defined as his “almost figurative” period, Camerini always painted something simple and fundamental, generally landscapes characterised by one particular motif. The works from this first phase appear as paradigms of pure beauty and harmony, the canvas has a direct reference to reality, even if idealised. Gradually, the artist would abandon the figurative, embracing instead the new forms of abstractionism.

Three-Dimensional Works

Camerini experimented with creations that lightly brushed the third dimension, progressing on to producing works in steel, wood, plexiglass, and LEDs, to express abstract concepts of a philosophical matrix, always searching for a sense of harmony and absolute beauty. The sole aim of the works was, in the artist’s words, “to express a sense of essential beauty and harmony”. Some of these have found an evocative location inside Procchio’s Guardiola Park, Elba, and in a building in the heart of the city of Varese.

Works Deriving from a Geometric Motif

Since the 1980s and 1990s, Giuseppe Camerini also dedicated himself to the creation of works that all started from a geometric motif obtained from a programme needed to provide, starting from a simple form with straight lines, its multiplication using well-defined rules. Also constituting part of this family of works are the “fractals”: paintings in which one part is similar to the whole. Many of his most iconic works have one precise characteristic: a formal balance deriving from a parity of different coloured surfaces, while in others modular analytic geometry generates harmony.

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Graphic Works

Camerini also devoted himself for a long time to the production of graphic images and designs made with specific programmes prepared for him by Andrea Cavalli. The most representative amongst these are: L’Isola Ideale (The Ideal Island), to which he dedicated a treatise available for consultation, Forma (Shape), Automa cellulare (Cellular Automaton), and Riccio di mare (Sea Urchin). Some of his graphic art, specifically those in which the aperiodic tessellation of Penrose was implemented, also became the distinctive symbol of Cantina Cecilia, the winery he founded in the early 1990s on Elba.