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School of Observation



ISBN 978-3-947432-01-1


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* Awarded by Stiftung Buchkunst as one of the Most Beautiful German Books of 2020

Insight brings together recent works by the painter Giacomo Santiago Rogado (b.1979). Spanning the past five years of his oeuvre, the selection focuses on the series Intuition, Coalescence and Introspection, alongside a series of large-scale installation works. This new publication offers the reader an intimate encounter with Rogado’s finesse for seductive form. As vibrant in their texture as they are in tone, his works command attention of a visceral nature, luring in the viewer and capturing the imagination. The artist’s thematic engagement with deceleration, contemplation, and meditation is amplified in his choice of materials – including oil, pigment, and acrylic paint on canvas – throughout his practice.

The book design by Amanda Haas amplifies the magnitude of the works’ impact, both individual and cumulative. Taking a playful and occasionally unexpected approach to their presentation, Haas’ considered design language guides the reader on a visual walkthrough of Rogado’s paintings and installations. In doing so, she conveys their scale and impact from a perspective that emulates the experience of standing in front of them – or, in the case of installations, inside them – providing a bold new insight into an oeuvre of great depth.

Giacomo Santiago Rogado forges new paths in the field of painting, navigating the contrast between considered geometries and gestures left to chance. The Lucerne-born artist fast gained acclaim for his experimental techniques in paint application, which combine light and colour in ways that appear digitally rendered, despite—or perhaps because of—their painstaking execution by hand.

Linen hardcover with 4C-print and hot foil embossing
Three papers, inside double flaps, expressive colours
Swiss binding
217 pages

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