Anna Dorothea Ker
About this book
Insight brings together recent works by the painter Giacomo Santiago Rogado www.rogado.com (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 design by Amanda Haas www.amandahaas.ch 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.
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School of Observation was founded in Berlin in 2017 by Swiss graphic designer Amanda Haas. The publishing house is specialising in art books and niche design topics. Under the same name, School of Observation also acts as a multidisciplinary and collaborative
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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, Berlin-based 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. Rogado’s work has been exhibited extensively across Switzerland.
A selection of his recent paintings, sculptures, installations and works on paper is on show at the Kunstmuseum Solothurn through February 2020.
Amanda Haas is a Swiss graphic designer based in Berlin. Haas graduated from the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts in 2010, and has since established her
design practice within the cultural and arts sectors in Berlin and beyond. Both her media and client base are wide in scope, ranging from printed matter to digital apps for individuals, brands and corporate clients.