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Over the course of 27 days in the winter of 2013/2014 and in all weather conditions, de Marco went to the Berlin Tiergarten to make "plein air" drawings of various spots throughout the park. Each of those days and every drawing was under the motto of one of Mozart's 27 piano concertos. Yet, the working process stands in stark contrast to the standardized sobriety of the works: drawn with standard marker pens on DIN formats, within a given color spectrum and with juxtaposed, never overlapping line drawings, the works seem strangely dissociate.

A monumental canvas and three small scale oil paintings that are also part of the exhibition summarize de Marco's formal research about landscape as a model to develop linguistic signs: Questioning (art-) historical and current representations of landscape with his conceptual painting, he develops new ideas of perspective that are no longer based on the physicality of the real, but as a window on an unreal, flat and sometimes closer world on the computer screen. Schematic menu bars on the upper edges of his canvasses refer to the "windows" of computer operating systems, through which the world is perceived to a new physical experience, seeming as real as a walk in nature. Elements of computer software disturb the image and indicate the space of the screen.

In 2013, de Marco's project "Stella" was presented at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin and again in Rome’s National Gallery of Modern Art in 2014. De Marco constructs an utopian island in detail with all its various geographical conditions, history, infrastructure and population. The accompanying (and amazing) artist's book is both a travelers guide and atlas to the island. After "Stella", this is de Marcos first exhibition in Berlin and certainly a pun on Max Liebermann's paintings and drawing of one of the most famous German city parks.

Flavio de Marco was born in 1975 in Lecce, Italy. He studied at the Accademia di Belle Art in Bologna. Solo exhibitions include „Vedute“ at Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia (2010), „Synecdoche Vedute“ at the Italian Cultural Institute, London (2011) and „Stella“ at the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome (2014). His works were included in the Italian Pavillon at the 2011 Biennale di Venezia. Flavio de Marco lives and works in Berlin.

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