VIVACE. SOSTENUTO. ANDANTE Lange. Carboni. Casoni at Fondazione 107, Turin
It is possible to practise speleology in contemporary figurative art, using music as an evocative, subjective austral metaphor.
There are three ways of tackling the canvas: three aesthetic seasons; three ‘tempos’ that together constitute a harmony—a seduction of dissonances and anomalies.
Fondazione 107 in Turin is building an original route within today’s figurative art, showing three artists who are exemplary in their diversity: Thomas Lange (1957), Luigi Carboni (1957) and Cosimo Casoni (1990).
Thomas Lange tackles the canvas by breaking the rules, practising a heresy for painters, yet achieving moments of concentrated emotion, for example in his small-scale portraits. Luigi Carboni weaves an artistic discourse about the ‘code’, hypnotically derailing lucidity and giving you the impression that you are in the presence of one of those labyrinthine sentences by Jorge Luis Borges that catch you off your guard. Cosimo Casoni, at the extremes, blends the delicacy of the Macchiaioli with the shamanistic intensity of Jackson Pollock, fluctuating on the canvas with his inseparable skateboard.
Vivace. Sostenuto. Andante is a dialoguing exhibition conceived by encircling the question: what rhythm does the artist adopt when faced with a white canvas? What mental process moves him? What music—that transcends the mind, the body and the canvas—does he allow to inspire him? The exhibition’s installation sets out to forge harmony between three different inspirations, three ‘movements’ that, in counterpoint—and potentially in contrast—imply reasoning about contemporary art. The kind of thing that will catch you off your guard. The rhythm implied in the title that brands the exhibition demonstrates the vitality of art today, committing to joyfulness and to reviving magnificence. You cannot remain passive, placid and merely ‘entertained’ when faced with the works of Lange, Carboni and Casoni: they convey an urge to move, they ask you to dance. It is by no means peripheral to this to ponder the fact that the tempos of music are also the tempos of painting and, above all, of life.
at Fondazione 107, Turin
until 2 December 2018