DETRITI - ...e le città saranno ripopolate e le rovine ricostruite... by Franco Monari
OPENING RECEPTION: POSTPONED UNTIL A LATER DATE
The SACI Gallery is pleased to present DEBRIS - and the cities will be repopulated and the ruins rebuilt ..., an exhibition of works by Franco Monari. Franco Monari's artistic research ranges from photography to painting to objects. His works deal with topics of the passing of time and memory in a personal and biographical way.
"I have in mind an idea of visual poetry that often the photographic medium does not allow me to reach" - explains Monari. “I should paint, but painting takes too long. Photography is faster, but represents unnecessary details. My approach allows me to rethink my memories, adapt their shape and colors, and then fix them in a photograph, that otherwise I would not be able to obtain."
In fact, even if they look like objet trouvé (found objects), the compositions in Monari's photos are never simply documented on site, they are reconstructed within the artist's studio according to his personal needs. An object therefore loses its connection with the history of the place it was part of, but acquires a new narrative, a personal story created by the artist through color and the use of different artistic techniques.
Also important is the iconization of the transplanted and reconstructed object, reproduced in the photographic image that makes it iconic, worthy of being viewed and remembered. Even though the objects represented are indefinite, without a clear identity, and their location in time remains enigmatic, they acquire the ability to trigger imagination. They become “the ruin” that, to quote Marc Auge, "escapes real time," the one that manages to awaken in the viewer "the consciousness of what’s missing" and becomes for each spectator his own symbol of past time or desire still to happen.
These are inner landscapes, with a metaphysical, indefinite, immobile atmosphere containing only the essence of shapes and colors. They are landscapes that the artist has seen, in which he has lived, or simply with which he has established an intimate bond and reconstructed - as alludes the quote of Ezekiel in the subtitle - while following a very personal process, which he partly reveals in the exhibition, uncovering all the phases of their creation.