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Serse ‘Cartoline di Mare’

2019

graphite on paper on aluminium

13 x 18 cm

5,11 x 7,08 in

unique work

€ 3.500 (plus tax, if applicable)

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Serse’s works are visions suspended in time, and soundless. The drawing is analytic, detailed, stretching to the most extreme limit of representativeness, to the extent that it reaches the opposite extreme, thus becoming impassable and paradoxically unreal. The image the artist offers us is an experience of the gaze, a representation of the idea of the Sublime.

“The ‘point of view’ I go looking for,” says Serse, “is found in the practice of immersing in our own depths; a point of view that brings us in contact with a new reality, totally ‘qualitative, mobile, undivided’ (Bergson), which eludes the quantification of number and measurement. It is the ‘reality’ expressed by the sublimity of nature, by the immeasurability that distinguishes it and traverses us, leaving in us the indelible signs of its immensity.


Serse was born in San Polo di Piave in 1952, and lives and works in Trieste. Having dismissed colour, he consistently researches graphite drawing. From Serse’s graphite sparks one of the most intense reinterpretations of the landscape-theme in contemporary art: seas, aquatic surfaces, plants reflections on the water, cloudy skies, high mountains, snowy forests and natural spaces lacking human figures and transformed by light and shadow.

For Serse, as a medium, graphite “allows both making the tautological gesture of drawing, and realizing a work that does not lie about its nature of pure drawing”. 

A selection of his most recent solo shows includes: “Serse” (Tan Guobin Museum, Changsha, 2017); “Aquí todo está abierto. Nada es cercano, nada es lejano” (Museo Nacional De Bellas Artes, 2017); “Paysage Analogue dessins 1994-2014”, Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Saint Étienne, 2014); “Serse - Koh-i-noor” (Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rimini, 2012); “Geometriche dissolvenze” (Ex Pescheria, Trieste, 2010).