Luca Gastaldo Milan Review on Artsy

From September 28 – November 30, 2022 Opus in Artem presents a Milan Review solo show by Luca Gastaldo on Artsy.

This online solo show with landscape paintings by Italian artist Luca Gastaldo is a review to two exhibitions that the artist had in 2012 and 2014 at the Galleria Bianca Maria Rizzi & Matthias Ritter in Milan, Italy.

In the exhibition entitled ‘Timeless’ in 2012, a site-specific installation was created that involved the public in a multi-sensory experience: in addition to sight, touch, smell and hearing were stimulated through the reproduction of fragrances and sounds of the countryside, transporting the visitor to another place where it is easier to find lost memories and sensations.

As the curator, Alberto Mattia Martini, wrote, only apparently do Gastaldo’s canvases depict landscapes: in reality they portray man, and the emotions that those panoramas arouse in him.
Only man is in fact able to be moved by the immense spectacle of nature, only man can intensely and consciously experience and feel its drama. For this reason, it is the human being who is the real protagonist of Luca Gastaldo’s canvases, although he is only rarely physically present in the paintings.

“I am not interested,” the artist explains, “in the work being traceable to a viewable place, I am not interested in the actual hues of the skies, in realizing precise perspectives or perfect views, I am only looking for emotions, desires, memories, interiorities”.

Luca Gastado explains:
“I am not interested in the work being traceable to a viewable place, I am not interested in the actual hues of the skies, in realizing precise perspectives or perfect views, I am only looking for emotions, desires, memories, interiorities”.

The exhibition in 2014, entitled ‘Sky and earth say something
to each other in the sweet evening’ was curated by Cecilia Maria Di Bona, who described Luca Gastaldo’s painting in the following words:

… Auroras and sunsets, boundless and immense skies, opening onto the boundless, mysterious cosmos; airy as the unstoppable wind of passions and desire, of the unquenchable desire for happiness. …

… This is what artist Luca Gastaldo grasps, looking out of the window of the boundless universe, with the curiosity and amazement of an eternal child who wants to play with the elements, with their shapes and colors, but also with the temperament of an eternal dreamer, of a sailor with a fearless heart …

… The inspiration of his conscience, animated by the intimate desire to discover the mystery that life conceals in its unstoppable, multiple metamorphoses, …

… Life is a storm, as transpires in the ineffable, mysterious allegory of Giorgione’s canvas, or in Turner’s vital and airy sea storms. …

… Life is a storm and a search for shelter, for a refuge in which to find, at last, peace. …

… Life is born from the encounter, the collision of the elements. The young artist, on canvas, traces their whirling path, the unstoppable race, the symphony of the four elements, in their breaking up and recomposing, to give life, for a moment, to forms. …

… But life is also the search for harmony, and for stillness: and there appear, in the sky and on the canvas of the cosmos and of life, auroras and sunsets, like an omen of happiness. …

… Skies open to the adventure of the passing of time and life, like clouds ‘of the same substance as dreams’, there where everything ends, there where everything is about to begin again and where everything can still, finally, transmute: this is the kairòs that Luca Gastaldo’s brushstrokes manage to congeal on the canvas for a moment, subtracting it from the panta rei, which involves everything in itself, which overwhelms everything. …

… At times, a glimmer pierces the blue darkness, like a revelation, like a glimmer that nourishes man’s hope. One then grasps the dreaming and searching soul of the artist who projects himself outside himself, to the ends of the earth, towards the mysterious celestial realms. …

… Gastaldo’s work contains at the same time the intimate and profound heart of family intimacy, of the small human gatherings that joyfully spend the last hours of the evening in the distension animi, and the aimless wandering of the wayfarer, the gaze on the world of those who look far away. …

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