Surprising works made of rust and cigarette butts
HE ATTACHES OXIDIZED IRON CHIPS
TO THE CANVAS IN PURSUIT OF
“In my opinion, the role of the artist is like that of the Native American shaman, who opens your eyes, questions things and makes you see them different than they appear.” To achieve such results, Lorenzo Filomeni uses two narrative elements that seem quite distant: rust and cigarette butts. He starts by recovering iron chips that were altered by atmospheric agents and then attaches them to the canvas. He does so with repeated material gestures and a rediscovered pictorial vocation that manifests itself in the way he arranges fragments in pursuit of modulated (chromatic) harmonies. In other words, “he covers the surface of the canvas according to his own lyrical needs,” as Dino Carlesi observed. Such behaviour reveals a dynamic vision of life: “Every atom, every human being, every emotion is closely related to the others and causes constant motion”. Likewise, all things combine with one another – this is what makes his cigarette butt sculptures grow in space. So these two worlds meet and fuse together, in a flux of compositional urges that raise questions that have no easy answers. As it often happens in everyday life. Indeed, his spheres – they are made up of assembled cylindrical cigarette filters – pursue visual perfection by deceiving the eye. Rusts, for their part, proliferate in the loss of their origin. Filomeni willingly conveys a provocatively insinuating message: it is the observer who has to establish a harmonious relationship between these works and his own personality, through sensitivity and an empathetic conversation with them. About this, Giovanni Faccenda wrote: “The rusts and the non-smoked cigarette filter spheres enclose – subliminally – Filomeni’s suggestive vision of existence: man is part of it, as an organic atomic particle that is akin to the others; it is the germinal nucleus of individual correspondences and community relationships”.
INSTEAD OF PROVIDING PERMANENT SOLUTIONS
HIS VISION OF THE WORLD AND OF TIME
RAISES DOUBTS AND QUESTIONS
These studies will culminate in a new stimulating event: on June 27, Galleria 10amart, Milan, will open a solo show dedicated to Filomeni, with a catalogue by Matteo Galbiati. It is called “The Platonic Solids”: “I interpreted the five perfect geometric shapes according to my vision of the world and of time. Each sculpture will be made of about thirty-thousand cigarette filters,” and will focus on the old squabbling between perception and reality. Instead of providing satisfying solutions, his vision of the world and of time raises more doubts and questions, and stirs the conscience in a crescendo of empty solitudes. In this world, one has to look at himself in the mirror and get lost, in order to find himself again, to some extent. Enrico Mattei has summarised and reaffirmed this compositional behaviour, in which “there exists an open spatial silence that man can occupy spiritually” to satisfy his “need to break the connection between time and space”. A duty and a fate that belong to us all; they associate us and help us understand the precarious and ambiguous substance of life. For this all, too, Filomeni docet.
I SOLIDI PLATONICI
GALLERIA 10 A.M. ART
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27/06 – 20/07