Ordinary Enchantment

  • Stefano Gardel
  • 2016
  • Inv. No. 440.16.07
  • Edition 100 + 2 AP
  • Categories: Interni

The lights of the chandeliers are reflected on the dark and polished floor, creating bright and glossy spots. A neat symmetry is at the foundation of this shot, and the light spots create a regular pattern in the dark of the hall. The magnetic power of the shot hypnotises the viewers projecting them into the image itself, alongside the two other people who are in the middle of the space. The room, without furniture, exhorts us to move, suggesting to dance so to fill that empty space.
A young Italian talent, Stefano Gardel developed his innate passion about art through the various journeys he undertook around the world, as business trips, but especially for pleasure.  A tireless traveller, Gardel specialised in street and landscape photography. When he is within an urban landscape, the artist takes advantage of the space in order to create overlapping planes, that is to say buildings, railways, housing, buildings springing up one after another, as if it were a puzzle. This technique is well noticeable in the series The high skyline, which features the less known, somehow unrecognizable,  New York city. On the other hand, with Time square reflections, we can appreciate a far more recognizable portrait of the Big Apple. The neon lights of the huge billboards that hide the presence of pedestrians are central. To follow, some landscape shoots, where Gardel depicted Switzerland and the Dolomites, series that reveal a deep suggestion in the way mountains, meadows and forests are portrayed.