@Ibid Gallery_LosAngeles
18-03-2017/15-04-2017












Courtesy Ibid Gallery and the artist


Baroque Anxiety
18 March – 15 April 2017

Ibid Gallery is pleased to present Baroque Anxiety, Italian painter Francesca Longhini’s first solo
exhibition in the United States.
Francesca Longhini’s artistic practice is seeded in her dynamic and complex investigation into the
inaccuracies, decompositions, and reinterpretations of color and poetry. The concept of Baroque
Anxiety begins with Longhini’s admiration of Italian masters, in particular, Caravaggio and Titian.
However, Longhini saw no future in their visual vocabulary. She not only considers the opulence and
richness of baroque as a style, but also imagines it as a state of mind, which is often confused and
muddled. In an attempt to create order and spur artistic evolution, Longhini employs control in the
form of a reduced palette and steady composition. Wielding this restricted natural palette of
chromium oxide green, white, and graphite, Longhini explores an elegant language of stripes, points,
and lines on linen and cotton canvas. Within these compositions, small hints of gold, historically
considered a holy color and spiritual material, suggest a symbolic light that harkens back and pays
homage to the gilded paintings of the Italian Baroque.
The restraint manifested in Longhini’s work also stems from the notion of being in limbo,
simultaneously in control but nonetheless refusing to act. It is these moments, which Longhini wishes
to situate herself in the work, the space of paralyzing fear, forks in the road, or converging railroad
tracks that threaten derailment. These instances when choice and indecision intertwine, where
anything is possible because the future has yet to come, where error is not a sign of failure or
regression, for Longhini serve as resources for enrichment and potential.



Compromise lives on preclusion-2017
Gold foil, acrylic, graphite, wax, gesso 
and rabbit glue on linen
42x52cm


Contact point works counterclockwise-2017
Gold foil, acrylic, graphite, wax, gesso 
and rabbit glue on linen
51x61cm


Exhausted sentence-2017
Gold foil, acrylic, graphite, wax, gesso and 
rabbit glue on linen
16x19cm


Peculiar trouble-2017
Gold foil, acrylic, graphite, wax, gesso 
and rabbit glue on linen
29x36cm


Sabotage without dedication-2017
Gold foil, acrylic, graphite, wax, gesso 
and rabbit glue on linen
15x17cm 


Self-fortune teller doesn't go outdoor-2017
Gold foil, acrylic, graphite, wax gesso 
and rabbit glue on linen
40x52cm


The most honest anchoring-2017
Gold foil, acrylic, graphite, wax, gesso 
and rabbit glue on linen
35x45cm


Time is the shadow of the light-2017
Gold foil, acrylic, graphite, wax, gesso 
and rabbit glue on linen
15x17cm


Unavoidable autodafè-2017
Gold foil, acrylic, graphite, wax, gesso
and rabbit glue on linen
26x32cm


Common newness crowds into the tongues-2017
Gold foil, acrylic, graphite, wax and rabbit glue on cotton
15x19cm



A base comes, after all-2017
Gold foil, acrylic, graphite, wax and rabbit glue on cotton
17x24cm




Scudi spezzano-2016

Gold foil, oil bar, acrylic, graphite, wax and rabbit glue on linen

30x40cm


Observers-2016
Gold foil, acrylic, graphite, wax and rabbit glue on linen
62x83cm


Sometimes your own reflection is different from what you see-2016
Gold foil, oil bar, acrylic, graphite, wax
and rabbit glue on linen
64x80cm

Some stuff is heavier than other-2016
Gold foil, acrylic, graphite, wax and rabbit glue on cotton
27x36cm

Ambiente francese-2016
Gold foil, acrylic, graphite, wax and gesso on canvas
24x30cm

Only two-2016
Gold foil, acrylic, graphite, wax
and rabbit glue on linen
90x120cm