Daniele Cima’s painted frames are works of art that are born in Milan, in Northern Italy, but that are characterised by decidedly non-Nordic colours.
Strong, intense, decided, bright - sometimes even exaggerated - colours combine together in a sophisticated faux-randomness, making the frames cheery and playful, as well as unique and original.
They thus become purveyors of positivity and optimism, in stark contrast with the darkness that has marked these recent years.
While bright colours are not traditionally associated with the north, Teutonic geometric rigour is, as is the clarity with which lines of colour are displayed on the surfaces.
The result is an extraordinary coexistence between order and disorder, fantasy and discipline: an unpredictable and brave fusion of codes, styles and mentions.
Each frame is a unique item, an artistic product of an unspecified origin and era, vaguely reminiscent of the Latin American culture, with a hint of the psychedelic West Coast summers and the coloured cottages of Whitehead, La Boca and Bo Kaap. In Cima’s frames we find also subtle allusions to Josef Albers, Frida Kahlo, Piet Mondrian, Peter Blake, Frank Stella.