Forms follow building’s function

Personally I appreciate a lot historic buildings. In my country, ancient art is everywhere. Art, culture and tradition are part of my heritage.
Anyway I’m attracted by contemporary art and history too, particulary I’m fascinated by the modern movement in architecture and industrial design because it’s strongly connected to graphic design and typography.

In Europe the Bauhaus founded in Weimar, Germany, was one of the first colleges and an innovative training centre and has influenced design and architecture all around the world. Switzerland is another country which can be considered innovative in developing modern architecture.

I’m interested in architectural photography and I like to get abstract images from my shots. In all my compositions, I usually like to play with lines and chromatic contrast. Below there is a very narrow selection of snapshots I did at the USI campus, Lugano, Switzerland. Enjoy!

building's detail at the university campus of Lugano© Davide Montellanico, all rights reserved.
building's detail at the university campus of Lugano© Davide Montellanico, all rights reserved.
building's detail at the university campus of Lugano© Davide Montellanico, all rights reserved.

All the photos were taken using a digital compact camera Panasonic Lumix FZ2 in a very low light condition and without a tripod, therefore they would result much better exposed and more sharpened if I had used a more appropriate equipment.

The soul of New York

Alejandro Quincoces was born in 1951 in Bilbao, Spain where he still lives and works. During his youth he was attracted to both music and art. He studied violin but soon discovered himself in love with figurative art. During the early stage of his career he worked in commercial art for different advertising agencies. Later, at the age of 36, he decided to acquire more skills through a formal education and training in Fine Arts.

He has always had a great attraction to urban lanscape and architecture and his paintings reflect this uncompromised love. All of his painting’s subjects, despite being made up of concrete and steel, are treated as living creatures. They all have a distinct personality.

De Nueva York y de su alma is the name of the latest Alejandro Quincoces’ exhibition in Milan. The entire exhibition is composed approximately by no more than twenty oil on panel paintings, most of which are large sized.
The exhibition is entirely dedicated to New York City’s urban landscape and all the paintings are based on photos personally taken by Quincoces during one of his last stay in New York.

The photos were completely reinterpreteted through the passional nature of the artist. Quincoces add a sense of drama to the lanscapes he portrays.
The colours used are the muted ones of the winter. The sky appears thick and bruised. NYC seems to be wrapped into a never ending misty twilight that reminds the viewer of the romantic sceneries depicted in Turner and Friederick’s paintings.

The exhibition is sheduled to run from 8 November 2007 to 5 Junary 2008 at Studio Forni, via Fatebenefratelli 13, 20100 Milano.
The paintings are great and if you stay in Milan during the aforementioned period, it worth a visit!