TORMENTO E LUCE

Franco Ionda

dal 19 gennaio 2023 al 20 febbraio 2023 | Mer – Dom 11.00 – 19:00
 © Neri Casamonti e Lorenzo Ciuffi

CREDITS

The exhibition Franco Ionda‘s exhibition Tormento e Luce, an exhibition curated by Serena Tabacchi and organised in collaboration with Forma Edizioni, consist of a site-specific work, created by the artist specifically for this exhibition space, which moves skilfully between the physical and digital worlds. Inside the Refuge, the viewer will be taken on a journey from “torment to light”, through a new interpretation of “wounded” stars, which in the artist’s language lose a point in their fall from the sky to the earth. Precipitated by a desperate lack of harmony, the stars dematerialise in a digital fluid that crosses the 16 monitors of the gallery, starting from a first aluminium and tar paper board in red and then arriving at the light in a second board in blue that concludes the exhibition. The Florentine artist’s work leads the viewer into the abyss of a hybrid and indefinite space, a place where the earthly perception of time and space are annulled. The illusory dynamism of the reclaimed aluminium boards is well matched by the ethereal stasis of the decisive, pure and apparently borderless colours that the artist places at the two ends of the digital work as if to balance the turbulent restlessness that pervades the gaze of the young woman in the initial panel. The digital segment of the work will be available as a unique edition in NFT (Non-Fungible Token) format on the KnownOrigin platform.

Franco Ionda, Tormento e Luce 1, 2023, three panels, tempera on panel with alumunium and tar paper, 188×99 cm each, site-specific work, photo by Neri Casamonti

Franco Ionda, Tormento e Luce 2, 2023, three panels, tempera on board with alumunium and tar paper, 188×99 cm each, site-specific work, photo by Neri Casamonti

CURATORIAL TEXT BY SERENA TABACCHI

The work leads the viewer into the abyss of a hybrid and indefinite space, a place where the earthly perception of time and space are annulled. The illusory dynamism of the reclaimed aluminium boards is well matched by the ethereal stasis of the decisive, pure and apparently borderless colours that the artist places at the two ends of the work, as if to balance the turbulent restlessness that pervades the gaze of the young woman in the first panel. In this new interpretation, the artist’s stars, fallen from the sky due to a desperate lack of harmony, dematerialise into a fluid that conceals the secret of the world. The beauty that envelops them changes the mood of the work, turning towards a resolution, from torment to light. The technique used is particularly pertinent to Ionda’s research and experimentation, which, starting from often recycled materials with a strong anthropological connotation, meets the digital and then returns to the material. In a cycle consistent with his vision, the artist lets the software take possession of the canvas, revealing new, unpredictable dimensions.

Exhibition set-up Tormento e Luce, 19 January 2023 Rifugio Digitale, Photos by Neri Casamonti

Press

2023_01_19_ARTRIBUNE 
2023_01_20_LA NAZIONE 

Interview with Franco Ionda conduct by RTV38

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