Online, 16.06.2021 19:00 bis 21:00

Painting Anthropocenic Abstractions

Gabrielle Vitollo (Kunsthochschule Weißensee), 16 June 2021, 19:00 (CET)


Gabrielle Vitollo is a landscape painter presently researching climate data images and art history to visually interpret the weather by using paint as a linguistic tool. She understands herself as a complex algorithm: the world inputs data and Vitollo outputs paintings with an emotive quality reflecting the world around her. Her investigation of digital and material processes pairs with her curiosity for scientific data and virtual images. Utilizing paint and video for a series of experiments, she mobilizes paint with both rational and intuitive approaches in order to interpret Earth’s rapidly changing glacial landscapes due to climate change.


Her aesthetic philosophies are influenced by Kate Raworth’s book Doughnut Economics. Raworth argues that society’s visual graphics and diagrams can reshape sustainability frameworks to meet essential human rights so that humans may thrive within the planet’s ecological boundaries. Vitollo’s visual art is an investigation into the climatological present, art historical pasts, and their potential futures. Her work reflects German Romanticism painting in that the paintings and animations function as language for processing these environmental dilemmas while examining the relationship between image, object, and idea.


Vitollo wishes to open a conversation about: How can we visualize new environmental futures? How can we create new images that reflect our evolving ecological value systems and events beyond human scale? How can a painter negotiate the image-object paradox?