RGB is a work about the exploration of the “surface’s deepness”.

RGB designs create surfaces that mutate and interact with different chromatic stimulus.

RGB’s technique consists in the overlapping of three different images, each one in a primary color. The resulting images from this three level’s superimposition are unexpected and disorienting. The colors mix up, the lines and shapes entwine becoming oneiric and not completely clear. Through a colored filter

(a light or a transparent material) it is possible to see clearly the layers in which the image is composed. The filter’s colors are red, green and blue, each one of them serves to reveal one of the three levels.

Carnovsky’s exhibition at Direktorenhaus, Berlin, is structured in three different scales, from the large to the small, from an architectonic scale, to an object one, passing through the prints.

In the architectonic level one of the gallery’s rooms has been set up with a large installation made of wallpapers and colored lights: It is a sort of “fresco” made with contemporary technologies, “frescos”, but instead of being static, they are in mutable and fluctuating, capable of creating an ambient in continuous movement.

The represented subject is the antique theme of the metamorphosis intended as an unceasing transformation of shapes from a “primigenial chaos”.

For this purpose we have created a sort of catalogue of natural motifs starting with the engravings from natural history’s great European texts, between the 500 and the 700, from Aldrovandi to Ruysch, from Linneus to Bonnaterre.

A catalogue that does not have a taxonomic or scientific aim in the modern sense, but that wants to classify both the real and the fantastic, the true and the verisimilar in the way medieval bestiaries did.

In each image three layers live together, three worlds that could belong to a specific natural kingdom, but that at the same time connect to a different psychological or emotional status that passes from the clear to the hidden, from the light to the darkness, from the awakeness to the dream.

Besides the installation, there were presented some new limited edition RGB pieces, developed on the traditional playing card’s theme: a RGB playing cards deck and a series of lithographic prints of the “Horseman” subject. In each card there are printed three different playing cards: The overlapping of colors mixes up the forms in a way that it is difficult to recognize which figure is represented, an enigma that can be solved just through the use of one of the colored filters.



Silvia Quintanilla

*Born 1979 in Colombia

2003 Graduates in Industrial Design, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá.

2004 Design Master deegre at Domus Academy, Milano

2007 Started Carnovsky

Francesco Rugi

*Born 1977 in Italy

2003 Graduates in Art History, DAMS, Bologna

2004 Design Master deegre at Domus Academy, Milano

2007 Started Carnovsky



1999 Arti Visive 2, Palazzo Ducale, Genova

1999 Start, Salara, Bologna

1999 Visioni di futuro. Biennale dei giovani artisti dell’Europa e del Mediterraneo, Mattatoio di Testaccio, Roma

2003 Ceramic Tiles of Italy. Exercises in Architecture, Cersaie, Bologna

2005 All’ombra di Sol Lewitt: 10 portate di food design, Parco della Scultura in Architettura, San Donà di Piave, Venezia

2005 La coda della Q, 50 marchi per la fondazione Giancarlo Quarta, Politecnico, Milano

2005 Panem et Circences, installation with Domus Academy for Domus Circular, Milan Design Week, S. Siro Stadium, Milano

2007 Let love in, installation at That’s design, Milan Design Week, Superstudio 13, Milano

2010 RGB-Le metamorfosi. Wallpaper collection for Jannelli & Volpi, Milan Design Week, J&V store, Milano

2010 RGB, Direktorenhaus, Berlin, Germany



1998 Contatti visivi. Iceberg ’98, Salara, Bologna First Prize Applied Arts

2005 ReAl, Recycling Aluminium Design Competition. Nomination

2005 Comunicare Azoto, design competition for a free-press magazine First Prize



2004 Inceramica, attached to Interni, IT (October, Issue10)

2005 Ottagono, IT (February, Issue 177)

2005 Progetto e Materia 2, attached to Domus, IT (December, Issue 887)

2009 Glamour, IT (June, Issue 208)

2010 D-Casa, attached to la Repubblica, IT (April, Issue 689)

2010 Mix, UK (Issue 20)

2010 Casastile, IT (June, Issue 09)

2010 Abitare, IT (June, Issue 503)

2010 Wired, IT (July, Issue 17)

2010 Proyecto Diseño, CO, (May/Jul, Issue 67)

2010 Eye Mag, TW, (Summer 10, Issue 199)

2010 Interiors, KR, (August, Issue 287)

2010 IndieRocks, MX, (Set, Issue 43)

2010 Frame, NL (Set/Oct, Issue 76)


Artist Portfolio

“RGB - Color est e pluribus unus” 2010, wallpaper

75 € / qm2




Playing Cards Decks 2010 Limited edition of 30 decks of cards (40 cards each) Cards: Lithographic print / Boxes: hand made/mixed technique Playing

500 €

Horseman n.1 | 48.5 x 33 cm | Edition of 50 - numbered and signed | Litographic print, 3 colors | 300€
Horseman n.2 | 48.5 x 33 cm | Edition of 50 - numbered and signed | Litographic print, 3 colors | 300€
Horseman n.3 | 48.5 x 33 cm | Edition of 50 - numbered and signed | Litographic print, 3 colors | 300€
Horseman n.4 | 48.5 x 33 cm | Edition of 50 - numbered and signed | Litographic print, 3 colors | 300€

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