Spaccio de la bestia trionfante is an Italian philosophical work by Giordano Bruno, published in London in 1584. Written as a dialogue, Lo Spaccio is an allegoric text of moral philosophy. The three characters, Sofia (the wisdom), Saulino (the fictional character) and Mercurio (the gods’ messenger in Greek mythology), talk about a reform ordered by Jupiter to reorganize the sky and stop a decline that has lasted a long time: “spacciare”, to pull out old vices from the sky, and replace them with new virtues.
At the heart of my artistic research is the theme of human fragility, whose existential value is expressed through precious materials, bright and resistant.
From paintings on silk to Murano’s blowed glass, from leaded windows to neon, I get to the ancient, very spiritual technique of light installations, which from Puglia I like to spread around the world, embodying my cosmology.
PIETRO CASTORO’S TEXT
Giordano Bruno is probably the first man to sink his gaze into a nature considered life-infinite-matter, and who unveiled to the blind mind of his contemporaries an unexplored universe, with perfect coherence.
His amazing cosmo-ontological vision claimed, as an inevitable consequence, the necessity of a new ethic, able to reevaluate traditional values, responsible for the crisis that Europe (which had “as many beasts as vices, in the sky”) was going through.
The crisis that us contemporaries are going through is perhaps more extensive and profound than the one Giordano perceived at the beginning of the year 600. Maybe we completely ignore that we’re living. Life is an even greater danger: we are glass, like the mitochondrial “Warriors of Light” of Ria Lussi – we better not get hit! All is lost when we fall.
«Ria Lussi’s Mitochondria is a never-ending mystery that disclos- es and reveals. A journey through multiple forms of expression explored with her endless creativity. The will to experiment, moored to the important theme of “procreation”. The vitality of her motto “all is energy, everything evolves” is the perfect synthesis of those power plants that activate cells: Mitochondria.
Texts by Umberto Palestini»
2015 "LUSSI secondo DAVERIO"
«Sometimes nomina sunt consequentia rerum (names are the consequence of things). How many unexpected lussi there are in the brightness of her work…
And furthermore, for those who are not too distracted, to recall is better: the etymology of “lusso” (luxury) is lux. How much light there is in these sculptures!!!»
2014 "EMPERORS OF LIGHT"
Through twelve portraits, from Julius Caesar to Constantine XI, the Series chronicles the transformation of the Roman and Byzantine Empire, which "illuminated" as it was by the Christian doctrine throughout its long history, renewed its moral code over time.
Texts by Gianluca Marziani e Adriano Berengo
2014 "MATRIX IMPERATORUM"
This work, designed especially for the Callicola Visual Arts Building of Spoleto, joined the original framework of the Twelve Light Emperors of the Floridi Doria Pamphilj Series. Almost three meters high, the Matrix Imperatorum is now part of the 2.0 Collection of the Museum.
build up video
2012 "WARRIORS OF LIGHT"
Visitors? Guests? Creatures? Mitochondrial devas?
Each W.O.L. is fierce and benevolent at the same time, helpless in its astonished innocence.
Forged by fire: ready to face earthly residence, not devoid of danger.
Texts by Jean Blanchaert
2010 "HAVE A DREAM"
I have a dream, you have a dream, may you have a dream, for if they are not dreams, what are they? The characters I draw come to light unbeknown to me and come, I believe, from inifinity.
Or rather I cannot say neither where they come from nor where they go.
They seem to have stories to tell and are here on earth, a little unwary, disoriented.....
Texts by Umberto Palestini e Massimiliano Floridi
WHO AM I?
I was born in Milano and live in Rome.
I studied as a painter in Paris
as a visual designer in Urbino and translation in Trieste.
When I draw, it is usually with a black Bic pen. No turning back is allowed.
The mediums I like to use are neon, silk, glass because they are all fragile and yet resilient materials.
They maintain a shiny, almost inappropriate luminosity and at the same time, like human life, they could break in a moment.
On the cosmogeny of beings that spring (persistently) from my pen, I will say nothing.
To those that meet them, interpret.....
"Mitochondria" Urbino, Casa Raffaello e Orto botanico.
Catalogo Baskerville. Testo in catalogo di Umberto Palestini.
"Lussi di Penelope" Milan, Biblioteca del Daverio
Published by Giunti. Text by Philippe Daverio.
"Matrix, Mater, Mother" Spoleto, Palazzo Collicola.
Curated by Gianluca Marziani.
"Close Up" Spoleto, Palazzo Collicola
Primo piano sulla pittura italiana Curated by Gianluca Marziani
"Imperatori di luce" Curated by Gianluca Marziani.
Texts by Gianluca Marziani and Adriano Berengo.
Geneva, Villa del Principe;
Spoleto, Palazzo Collicola;
Rome, Galleria Doria Pamphilj;
Milan, Villa Necchi Campiglio.
"Baculus" Spoleto, Palazzo Collicola
Curated by Studio ‘A87
"Warriors of Light in support of Women of Madagascar"
Rome, Galleria Rosso20sette
"Death Dance" Porto Ercole, Forte Stella.
Curated by Maurizio Cont and Gianmarco Serra.
"Warriors of Light" Milan, Galleria Blanchaert e Biblioteca del Daverio.
Text by Jean Blanchaert.
"Il Vulcano, l’estuario" Trapani, Palazzo della Vicaria, Fondazione Sgarbi.
"Excesses of an Estuary" Rome, Ambasciata Americana - Mel Sembler Gallery
"Orfeo" Rome, Libreria e Galleria Ferro di Cavallo
Curated by Lena Salvatori.
"Have a dream" Milan, Galleria L’Affiche and Rome, Galleria Tricromia.
Texts by Umberto Palestini and Massimiliano Floridi.
Since the times of splendour of the Renaissance, important Italian families have called on artists to portray the Caesarean Emperors and thereby embellish their galleries. A sculptural narrative to reinforce the stature of the present following on the heels of an illustrious past through the privilege of historical comparison.
Following the century-long tradition of patronage of the arts, the Floridi Doria Pamphilj family has revived the commission as a form with which to develop a vision, reinstating the ritual of an age-old custom and at the same time adding a contemporary touch. The connotations of a new form of patronage is condensed today in the Contemporary Series project. This first commission, which focuses on a new group of Emperors, came to be thanks to the couple, Massimiliano Floridi and Gesine Doria Pamphilj.
Through twelve portraits, from Julius Caesar to Constantine XI, the Series chronicles the transformation of the Roman and Byzantine Empire, which "illuminated" as it was by the Christian doctrine throughout its long history, renewed its moral code over time. A new light, that of Christianity, expressed by the artist through the medium of glass, a fragile and precious material that crosses the expressive boundary of contemporary sculpture.
The artworks were produced in Murano in collaboration with the master glass masters of Berengo Studio.
From October Emperors have been exhibited in Genova, in the Garden of Villa Del Principe, in Spoleto at Palazzo Collicola, and in Rome in the magnificent Cortile del Bramante of the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj. Special rotating bases, moved by solar panel, have increased the scenic poignancy of the installation by weaving unending variations of light as they stand out in the open at the mercy of the weather.