of the East"
“Il mondo s'addormenta in
una calda luce di giacinto e d'oro” , “the world falls asleep surrounded
by a warm light of hyacinth and gold”. These are the words of a famous
song by Fanco Battiato and this is the way Luigi Ballarin describes on
his canvas a certain world, which we all think to know, but which we
really know just through mass media; or rather, we really know just what
the media showed us: Islam and Middle East.
This reality, which the artist loves and esteems so much, is shown
through his works by a constant mantra. Little does he bear
socio-political ideals, but he just confines himself to drive us along a
travel, where he invites us with descriptions of colours and costumes
resulting from a very long process of assembling of memories and
sensations, touching his existence.
The sceneries change and the subjects, often figurative, take shape
through effective signs of spatula with colours, which are real heaps of
oil paste, suggesting the corporality of subjects.
In other paintings, Luigi Ballarin remains light and impalpable, with
touches of powder falling with the shape of Turkish slippers: this
brings us to the idea of what we can see and proposes us the synthesis
of everything, so that we ourselves have the faculty of interpretation
and of self-identification.
In both cases, such works of great impact teach us to observe without
prejudice that a dance of colours can enter our soul.
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