DAL SEGNO ALLA FORMA
by ENZO FORNARO
FROM 12/12 TO 15/01 2020
VOLOGDA REGIONAL ART GALLERY
Museum and Creative Center
of the People’s Artist of Russia V.N. Korbakov
The “Dalla Forma al Segno” exhibition ended last 1st December at the St. Petersburg Museum of 20th and 21st Century Art. The one-man show, dedicated to Gianmaria Potenza’s graphic research and organised in collaboration with the Manege Museum of Saint Petersburg and the Italian Cultural Institute, is part of the initiatives promoted by the Museum in the context of international art dedicated to Italy and will touch several Russian cities. The next stop will be the Museum and Creative Center of the People’s Artist of Russia V.N. Korbakov, a branch of the Vologda Regional Art Gallery, where it will be inaugurated on 12th December on the occasion of the official visit of the Consul General of Italy.
“Dal Segno alla Forma” (From Sign to Form), curated by Enzo Fornaro, investigates Potenza’s artistic instinct through a selection of over twenty serigraphs, with a special focus on the Tarot series. This was begun in the 1990s, based on a homonymous series of 22 wooden panels made in 1986/87, nowadays part of the art collection of the Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena in Padua.
The instinct that leads him to materially redefine shapes in his sculptures, expressing himself through dimensions and volumes, imposing a rhythm and a search for surfaces and light. Faced with the graphic, Potenza metamorphosizes his forms, bringing powerful interpretation to the signs.
Potenza’s graphic research is striking for the lively colours of the works exhibited in the show, that remind us of Venetian glass arts and the use of metals in graphics. “Potenza uses signs rather than forms to transform his sculptures into a single dimension – says curator Enzo Fornaro – Not just an eclectic researcher, he’s a thinker who wants to use his output to express strength, taste and beauty. What is graphic is a direct descendant of his art, not fleeting result of his research but the demonstration that the primordial graphic expression in his works is an important component of his art”.
The exhibition will open with an exceptional event and a wonderful welcome from the city of Vologda Oblast which also supported the project. On December 12th at 6.00 pm the Chamber Orchestra of the Regional Philharmonic V.A. Gavrilina of Vologda will perform pieces by the great Italian composers, inaugurating in the best way the solo show dedicated to Gianmaria Potenza.
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