Giuliano Giuliani. Sculptures and works on paper (1991-2007). The Ceribelli Gallery presents the Giuliano Giuliani exhibition. Sculptures and works on paper (1991-2007). The exhibition, curated by Fabrizio D'Amico, collects eighteen sculptures and about twenty drawings by the artist from the Marches, made between 1991 and 2007. Giuliani has long chosen travertine as the exclusive material of his sculptures. Right from the early nineties, his research has reached the most complete and mature phase. Through a close confrontation with the material and a laborious excavation work, Giuliani began to empty the stone blocks until they were reduced to a thin sheet. The hard travertine is transformed by the sculptor into a membrane of a few millimeters of thickness that moves with sinuous movements in space and through which fissures, only sometimes repaired with plaster, filters light and air. To this reduction process imposed on the subject, a similar image synthesis is paid. Abandoned the representation of the human figure of the early works, the forms of his sculptures have been simplified to the point of touching abstraction.
Thus, these works are part of a line of European sculptural research spread throughout the twentieth century, which includes the work of Constantin Brancusi, Henri Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Hans Arp, "oscillating between research of the abstract order and humanistic suggestions "(D'Amico).
The current exhibition collects works such as La vela, L'ameba, L'Africa, La scudo, made in 1991, La mensola e L'onda, in 1992, among the very first mature works of the artist, presented by him at the Galleria de ' Snakes in 1992 on the occasion of his first solo exhibition in Rome. Until the most recent works in which his sculpture establishes a more definite relationship with the space, or moving it with the sinuous movements and the volutes of the stone, as in the Resurrected - Spirali (2004-2006), or defining its boundaries, indicating imperfectly the limit, as in Nuovo tamburo (2004) and Cuore (2006-2007).
This exhibition is also one of the rare occasions in which Giuliani presents a substantial core of works on paper, in which "he reproduces that long and obsessive excavation work, aimed at finding a lost integrity and suturing, which is the basis of the sculptural work. "(D'Amico).
Giuliano Giuliani was born in 1954 in Ascoli Piceno, where he lives and works. After attending the Istituto Statale d'Arte, he enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in Macerata. In 1975 he held his first solo exhibition at the Galleria Nuove Proposte in Ascoli Piceno. Since then he has participated in numerous national exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale, the Marche Prize, the Michetti Prize and the San Gabriel Biennial of Sacred Art. In recent years two important exhibitions have been devoted to his work at the Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea of Palazzo Massari in Ferrara (2000) and at the Sangallo Bastion in Loreto (2007).