ORIGINS: Personal Painting - BRESCIA

Solis Wine Art Gallery


The exhibition activity at the Solis Academy in Brescia continues with success. Dario Romano and Peppe Postorino's two-person exhibition opens in the spaces of via Indipendenza 31. The inauguration is scheduled for Saturday 1 October at 5 p.m. with a presentation by critic Simone Fappanni.
The central theme of the exhibition is origin, which is declined in very different, and therefore extremely captivating, ways by the protagonists of this new event. It is not, therefore, a 'confrontation' on a particular subject, but rather a 'multiple view' of it, which, as such, allows for a broader and more diversified perception.
The display proposes works in large and medium format, in which the constant experimental research of the protagonists of this cultural event emerges. This is part of the Solis team's project line, which looks at both established masters of modern art and emerging talents, through a careful selection of the pieces to be offered to the public in a special setting that links an elegant wine bar to a real art gallery in which an artist talent management company operates. This concept allows both enthusiasts and those who do not usually attend events of this kind to approach contemporary art in a direct way.
Coming to the exhibition, according to Fappanni, "Romano pursues a precise poetics of feeling that approaches reality through particular mimetic images. They blend, in a perfect synthesis, almost alchemic one might say, meanings and signifiers, bringing to the fore the vices, many, and virtues, few, of contemporary man. A mimetic language based on an infinite pantheon of animals whose empathy is often represented, even towards man, as well as that innate spontaneity that identifies their essence. Here then is Romano's reference to that primordial instinctiveness, of the origins, reflected in the behaviour of children, the animals' primary interlocutors, who, precisely because of their 'innocence' in the face of the world's problematic complexity, possess a purity that translates, in Dario's research, into natural gestures and postures, light years away from a certain boorish, as well as ineffective solemnity of adulthood. But it is also, in certain traits, a reflection of an invocation of respect for the animal world and its ancestral purity'.
As for Postorino, the scholar points out that the artist 'calls us back to our origins through a peremptory gesture. It is not an anachronism, but an urgency to which we should all respond. And we should do so sincerely. Because the artist leads us by the hand, without hesitation or a priori censure, into what we are or what we would like to be. Needless to bother Erick Fromm and his dichotomy between being and appearing. Contemporary times are all about ostentatious appearance at all costs. Here it is a question of following a primordial sign because it is in it that we can, or perhaps must, return to discover who we 'really' are. Because in order to better understand ourselves and our being in the world - and this time it really is worth borrowing, if only for a moment, an intentionally Heideggerian language - it is necessary, if not indispensable, to rethink ourselves and where we have come from. On pain of having life sadly pass us by. Here then that artists, and Postorino in primis, call us to order. A mental order that is not an empty mantra or accessible only to a few initiates. It is a generative gesture that is charged with colours and moods, those of existence, that are charged with a force, vital and vitalistic, that helps us look inside ourselves and interrogates us".

- Simone Fappanni

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