Back to Cologne 5 years since his debut show with the gallery, Francesco Igory Deiana is currently showingTurmoil @ Ruttkowski;68. Showing wide variety of works, varying in size, technique and concept, the entire body of work is staying true to his concern with shape and its possibilities.

Often starting his work from a single line, Italian artist prefers working with traditional media like graphite, ballpoint pen, wax pastel and latex paint, over customary fine art techniques. Using these unforgiving mediums, he produces work that documents the performative gesture of drawing and capture the energy and dynamics of his creative process. The result are bold abstract structures that carry the weight of brutalist aesthetics and are further developed into sculptural and installation pieces. Along with those, Deiana created a new series of drawings of heads, through which “skillfully paraphrases the topic of human emotion and spirit, embracing the risk that comes from revealing an inner expressiveness previously kept disciplined in his practice”. The show opened on September 1st and will stay on view on October 8th.

Photo credit: Nils Müller