Federico Pietrella’s drawings get the stamp of approval

Hey, remember back in grade school when you were first being taught about the basics of famous art? Chances are, the teacher spent a couple of moments discussing “pointillism” and how Georges Seurrat used it in his famous painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. The image is made up of thousands of different dots of color, but you don’t notice it til you get up nice & close.
Meet Italian artist, Federico
Pietrella. Rubber date stamps are to Pietrella what dots of color were to Seurrat. Sound simple? Not necessarily. It must be like inventing a spoken language from scratch. Look at Pietrella’s drawings at the top and below. The images are clear; you can easily tell what he is showing us. But there is no precedent for making pictures with stamped numbers. He must’ve had to teach himself the best way to create different surfaces, shapes, and spaces with such a limiting tool. Even moreso than Julie Bender’s minimal tool set that we looked at last week.

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