Elisabetta Giovagnoni

By raising matter and creating a new alternation of voids and solids, the sculptor reinvents new paths of light and shadow. But while the light flows on the full, the shadow creeps into the voids, and also to the sculpture, then, the light of art is ambiguous because where the full is the remnant of what remains of the original compactness of the block, the instead it is empty in it, the imprint of the artistic gesture. If for Carlo Bernardini and Roberto Falconieri it is appropriate to speak of an ambiguous use of light, because for both artists the latter results from its opposition to obscurity and is the result of an artifice, in the case of Giuliano Giuliani the ambiguity lies rather in difficulty in identifying, for the sculpture, the threshold in which the encounter between the shadow and the light of the material takes place, with that, still natural, that the artist extrapolates with skill, manipulating the original volumetric fullness of the block. Giuliano Giuliani sculpts on blocks of travertine in which he inserts different materials such as plaster, pigments, even fabrics. Lightening with these interventions the hardness and porosity of a stone such as travertine - extracted from the earth and saturated with vital force - Giuliani derives new forms in which the alternation of light and dark is a play of shadows and lights that take different degrees of intensity according to the material on which they flow and from which they are captured (...)

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portrait at work 1980