On Saturday 26 November 2016 Studio la Città will be inaugurating a solo show of works by Luigi Carboni: "La forma, un attimo prima". On show will be new works by the artist with an extremely intricate interweaving of marks that condense and disperse over the surface, to the point of creating perspectival planes and a total absence of traditional space.
The large-scale oils and acrylics on canvas are flanked by works of smaller dimensions that allude to three-dimensionality and that use geometric forms held captive by a reticular painting. The artist had already experimented with this expressive technique at the end of the 1980s, a period when painting/sculpture hybridisation was fashionable, but then the basic idea evolved: the conceptual play between ornament and form – at times rigorous, at other more psychedelic – generated works in which the paint lifted up from the surface, captured and reflected the light and shade and, to the chaos of the chromatic interweaving, united a more severe geometry. Carboni himself has described his work in these terms: “Classicism and experimentation are the paradox of a reciprocal and simultaneous dialectic; contemporary beauty is conceived and perceived as a composition of parts that are in competition with each other, where visual pleasure can be transformed at any moment into abuse, and where the most silent object can become irritating without us understanding why”.
In an essay written by Ludovico Pratesi for the 2010 show in Verona, the curator, well knowing the artist’s development, also paid attention to the contradictions that characterise the artist, contradictions that aimed at questioning the boundary between lyrical abstraction and the figuration of the everyday, between a decorative style and the intimate result , in order to lead the pictorial object to the profound essence of its being: everything is before our eyes, perfectly arranged on those surfaces saturate with images; marks at the very limit of impenetrability.
In this show too, the fragmentary and unitary nature of the work perfectly portrays our own times: a union of opposites that cohabit in their diversity with all the resultant uncertainties and contradictions.