22.02 – 14.05.2019
opening 22.02.2019 | h. 18
On 22 February 2019, Galleria Persano inaugurates an important exhibition by the recently deceased Marco Gastini.
Arranged some time ago with the artist, the exhibition traces his artistic development from the ’70s to the present day, offering a selection of unpublished large works and an ample selection of models.
The exhibition opens with the monumental “Il sogno respira nell’aìre” (1988), displayed for the first time in a gallery. It is a composition full of chromatic impastos, and on the one hand seems to be carefully orchestrated in space, while on the other it seems ready to invade it. The circles can become wheels, the painting becomes sculpture, and the aìre ends up embodying the idea of painting, which lives off movement and precariousness. “I’ve always been attracted by things in balance, be they thoughts, actions, materials, signs that are about to move in their tension; things never still, attractions and repulsions, like in suspension, waiting”.
It continues with “Mentre ancora la polvere muove” (1987), composed of four sheets of copper, in which the carbon black, which seems to have just settled, opaque, on the luminous surface of the metal, is scratched. The work, of great impact and intensity, refers to the magical and archaic gesture of rock painting.
Standing apart from these more material-based works is a series of important white or mother-of-pearl canvases, crossed here and there by light charcoal strokes, and elsewhere with more vigorous touches, or furrowed by slates that cut the planes, wounding and adding to the material. Here the pictorial intervention takes over, the canvas shakes itself in movements, and then returns to its impalpable state, full of lyricism. Although moving on different planes, all the works are marked by a shared energetic tension, an unexpected sense of levitation capable of transcending the material itself.
Acting as a contrast, there are a number of models that the artist habitually produced for projects or autonomously. These have been selected to help us follow the development of his work over the years. This journey takes us on a voyage through time and aims to convey a vivid memory of the artist and friend, one that is open to the future.