Il vuoto e le forme - 3rd International Exhibition of Sculptures, Installations and Paintings. Cantico, dedicated to Saint Luigi Guanella. Chiavenna (Sondrio), Italy - 6th April > 6th May 2012
Il vuoto e le forme - 3rd International Exhibition of Sculptures, Installations and Paintings.
Il vuoto e le forme
3rd International Exhibition of Sculptures, Installations and Paintings
dedicated to Saint Luigi Guanella
Chiavenna (Sondrio) - Italy
a project by Anna Caterina Bellati
• ex Convento dei Cappuccini (chiesa, chiostro, salone coperto, refettorio)
• Palazzo Pretorio
• Palazzo Pestalozzi
• piazza Bertacchi
6th April > 6th May 2012
from Tuesday to Sunday
10.30 a.m > 12.30 p.m. 14.30 p.m > 17.30 p.m.
closed on Mondays
Anna Caterina Bellati
With the support of
Città di Chiavenna
Comunità Montana della Valchiavenna
Museo della Valchiavenna
DOMENICO DI GENNI
DONATO FRISIA JR
with the participation of special guest
This will be the 3rd staging of IL VUOTO E LE FORME and is entitled Cantico as on close examination it represents a subtle revisiting of The Canticle of the Creatures by Francesco d’Assisi. Within this sincere laude of genuine simplicity and rare beauty is a prayer addressed to the Creator, acknowledging every single thing that exists on earth and endowing to each an equal measure of importance and dignity. At the heart of this song of thanksgiving is Man himself, not seen as a superior being, more talented, stronger or indeed astute, but just as a creature among others with no distinction between Sun, Stars, Animals or Human Beings. Such a lightness of touch has not formed part of our experience for an age. As not merely destroyers of our precious Planet but meting out violence randomly towards everything all around, for centuries we have chosen to relinquish the very idea of Spirit. This has meant the loss of dignity, of innocence, of creatures. The reality of which Francesco speaks does not anticipate the existence of evil. It follows that the world might appear to be a place of peace and absolute calm, but the totality of this blissful state has completely disappeared from our everyday life. This exhibition, dedicated to San Luigi Guanella, a man of both great moral character and sound practical wisdom, aims to bear witness - through the fine work of thirteen artists - that the grace and purity of nature can still move us. Inhabitants of the third millennium, we have long discovered that we do not represent the centre of the Universe, and have known for centuries that our solar system is merely one amongst a myriad of complex celestial schemes that populate space. Nevertheless we continue to have eyes to see and hearts with which to absorb harmony. The exhibition puts this basic relationship under the spotlight, genuine emotions living on where nature resists the assaults of the human race.
Hence the Coro made up of characters created in burnt wire mesh, the work of the sculptor Mauro Benatti or indeed his Cristo in profile speak of our need for consonance or harmony with the perfection of Creation, whilst performer Rolf Bienentreu's mirror-like reflecting painted boards both capture and throw back the pure light penetrating the window, coagulating flashes of colour/warmth on their surface. Anyone passing in front of these works will inevitably yet unconsciously leave a fleeting trace. The counterpoint to the work of the German artist is represented by Gianluca Capozzi in his abstract compositions offering up a kaleidoscopic investigation into the human condition. The superimposed blemishes created by the young artist might well be the reconstruction of the substance of dreams, lost earthly paradises open up before the onlooker’s gaze. And then there are the extraordinary landscapes of Domenico Di Genni. A consummate traveller, this artist hailing from Abruzzo tells of places and people with both fascination and intensity. For Cantico he has produced work which reflects the hope of a world open to diversity. Donato Frisia jr is clearly not left unmoved by the harsh wonder of the mountains. His Montespluga and views of Stuetta boast such precision that you get a distinct whiff of the fresh mountain air simply through his use of colour. To maestro Trento Longaretti, a special guest of our art extravaganza, falls the task of explaining the very human necessity of having a land in which to live and bring up our children. His magnificent Vaganti (Wanderers) recalls the endless saga of people driven from their homeland, having to gather up their belongings and forced to seek out a new place of refuge. Equally Monica Marioni's investigation revolves around the nature of humanity, its fears and frailties. The young artist takes the opportunity here to present her Ninfe - young nymphs who epitomize the four primitive elements, air, water, earth and fire. To give real substance to the universe itself. The idea of a place from which to set out once more is represented in the extraordinarily pure contributions by Mario Paschetta who reshapes the impressive profiles of the peaks dominating the valley inflected in the full-innocent colour of the virgin snows. A white background on which our history is documented. Rather particular too is his Crocifissione which abdicates the figure of Christ in order to blanket the landscape in relief by adopting rags caked in painted matter. Ugo Riva has the difficult job of experimenting in bronze on the theme of the beyond. What happens between the infinite bliss of Eden and the undeniable despair of sin is one of the subjects which has always stimulated philosophies of the Western world. The sculptor from Bergamo tackles the issue with his customary mastery recommending possible/impossible outcomes.
Alessandro Spadari captures the splendour of the heavens above. And he does it by wooing the stars or the snow alongside magnificent sunsets which he spreads onto the canvas in broad sweeping strokes sliding down towards the bottom of the painting. In precisely this manner he is able to summarize the magic of time and space.
Marialuisa Tadei's installation tackles the realm of the Sacred and she presents Pianeti oculari (ocular-style planets), spheres made of mosaic which reason by way of taking in all that they see around, divine-like, whilst its photographic elaboration invokes the extraordinary force of nature. Barbara Toffano, subtle performer and photographer, was entrusted to take on the theme of the wind. Her highly elusive images retrieved from installations generated in the lagoon at Venice bring to our mountain region a flavour of the ephemeral and touches on the volatile nature of our existence.
And finally to Romano Trojani, the prominent Lombardy artist who I invited to consider the subject of flowing water. So here we have the raging Adda of the 50’s and 60’s with nature exploding in all its magnificent splendour. This represents our tribute to the place where I was born.
Venice, March 2012
Anna Caterina Bellati