On Saturday 16th May Ellebi art-gallery will be featuring "Declinazioni", a twofold exhibition, narrated by Armando Marrocco's and Giovanni Fava's creative language. The exposition, which is curated by Antonio D'Avossa, is the first in a series of exhibitions aiming at deepening the knowledge of the works of artists belonging to different generations. D'Avossa writes in the catalogue: "Armando Marrocco and Giovanni Fava, who are divided by a visual form of painting and chiseling that is totally different, are united, on the other hand, in the practice of analysis of the visual process in its primary appearance. Original and not primitive, this form reverberates through the whole of Armando Marrocco's work and, as seen from a different workspace, the one pertaining to writing in particular, typifies Giovanni Fava's later research.
Actually, since the end of the Fifties Armando Marrocco developed an out-and-out system designed to investigate the pictorial surface as well as the materials used to devise this surface and to analyse it.
Analysis started by Marrocco, along his path, may be considered a research towards surfaces and materials, colours and places, lines and dots that always refer to his Mediterranean roots and that, however, embellish themselves through his figurative Milanese experience."
About 20 works by this artist (he is originally from the Puglia region but he lives in Milan) will be on show.
From the "Mediterranei" that is works featuring surfaces that can be formed by various materials or just be monochrome, to the setup materials or to the "intrecci" (twines) of the Sixties, which are refined objects imbued with memories, up to the "Dimore" (dwellings), pictorial-sculptures realised by superimposing fabrics, woods and paintings referring to the rural architectures typical of the Salento region.
D'Avossa then adds and concludes by writing:"As seen from another aspect of the argument, Giovanni Fava pays special attention to an experience of writing practice that, starting from the early Sixties, used in a different way, invades the field of painting and chiselling as regards written material, available for reading, in its various meanings and appearances.
Giovanni Fava's is a unique experience made of fragments and words belonging to his thinking and his visual past. Using a very crumbly material (paper), this artist reties the filaments of a swatch and hand writing that belonged and still belong to big aces of the history of contemporary art: Jiri Kolar and Ben Vautier. In particular, the cutting out of small paper stripes and knotting them in volumes and twines prepares us for a vision and reading of the body of painting and of sculpture itself.
Words become substance and atoms of an art production that does not limit itself to monochrome identity. Fava redrafts and cuts it again in a visual zone that is unexplored and unique.
It is the pressure of these thoughts that intertwines painting and sculpture's body and soul at the same time.
Therefore, the fragmented body of the vision (which is cut, severed, dissected) unites itself in a new reality where the gaze downwards, towards the depth, becomes an act of aiming at declensions-declinations of an ancient but contemporary writing and form.
It is by inflecting and combining beyond the possible visions that both, Armando Marrocco and Giovanni Fava reconnect the fragments of an unknown teaching: the one concerning art."