RITROVERAI LE NUBI
Catalogue's Exhibition, London - July, 1 2016 / October, 8 2016
Clouds are a recurrent theme in Chiricozzi’s most recent works. He never gives in to the artifices of a Baroque or decorative style but rather tends toward an increasing coherence, without any type of caesura, moving through the use of a variety of techniques and materials. Each sky, each cloud, whether placed on a wall or on the floor, blocks in time a single, unrepeatable atmospheric instant in our sky. For the artist, clouds are both manifestation of Nature and acts of thought. They are the artistic form of mental aspiration, daydreams triggered by life. Clouds take shape if many of their elements, writes Lucretius in De Rerum Natura(1st century BC), flying high in the sky at a certain point come together […] held together by air. In this way they first form small clouds and then these join to become more and more numerous. They grow continuously and these are blown about by the wind which transforms them into a violent storm (Book VI, 3). And the large work entitled, Nulla è rimasto immutato fuorché le nuvole (Nothing is unchanged except the clouds, 2015) portrays precisely a “violent storm” the baleful meteorological variable that strikes without apparent reverses of dynamism. Once again the title contains a literary reference, this time to a quote found in Walter Benjamin’s Esperienza e povertà (Experience and poverty, 1933) written following the destruction of World War I and the ascent of the Nazi-Fascist regime.
Color Offset / Letterpress Sleeve