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Luigi D'Alimonte

1967 Pescara, Italy

3 Works exhibited

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(Pescara, 1967)

Extrapolating the most intimate and pure essentiality of a form, boasting vigorously the unarmed block of a material such as marble or stone, is one of the oldest prerogatives of sculpture, from Michelangelo’s Prisons to Brancusi. Luigi D'Alimonte is part of this aesthetic research: the sculptor molds the rigid consistency of the Maiella stone, a natural element extracted from the Abruzzese Apennine mountain range of its territory of origin, through meticulous manual processing, learned from the centuries-old wisdom of local stonecutters, to bring out the ancestral spirit of this matter in the form of two-dimensional volumes elastic, sinuous and smooth, of extreme formal purity. By cutting, bending and twisting the solid monumentality of the stone, the artist operates a process of thinning, by empying the stone of the heaviness of his massive structure to achieve an ideal structural and compositional harmony, created by the plastic dynamism, harmonious and persuasive, of its smooth surfaces for to achieve what he himself calls "two-dimensional shaping": an ideal balance that is achieved through a studied alternation of full and empty spaces and the contrast between the "convex material volume", the solid mass of matter, and the "concave spiritual", the spiritual form contained within the unarmed block of stone, the "living soul of the stone". As Michelangelo vigorously outlined the marble to let the anatomy of his Prisons come out, D'Alimonte scours the primordial element of the stone, which bears on its surface the footprints of the fossils as a testimony of its millennial history to bring out the calibrated elasticity of the its forms. They are ethereal, sinuous and light, they extend upwards, bend in elegant twists, curl up like ancient parchments, recalling their fading with the veins of the rustic stone, or they are suspended like drapes to hide horizons yet to be discovered, alternating lines with a soft and severe cut that the technical skill of the artist wraps in soft curves, suspends like drapes that conceal unknown horizons, stretches into very thin flaps held together by cords, metaphor of a restless energy in constant tension, about to explode, contained in matter. The titles suggest this contrast of forces, but in a contemporary context that involves the viewer in a conscious reflection on the reverberation of energy that can emanate from the nodes created in matter. In his works, a poor material is raised to the nobility and grace of classical statuary, overcoming the traditional canons of environmental location, to operate a "renaissance of matter" that projects the aerial lightness of D'Alimonte's sculptural forms into the aesthetic dimension of contemporary sculpture. The artist has exhibited in the context of the 57th Venice Biennale and the Triennale of Visual Arts in Rome, in 2017, and of Expo 2015, as well as at the Italian Institute of Culture in Valletta, Malta, the Museum Costantino Barbella and that of Palazzo De’ Mayo in Chieti, the Museum of Arts in Nocciano (Pe), the Michetti Foundation in Francavilla al Mare (Ch), the Fortress - Museum of Arms in Civitella del Tronto (Te), Palazzo Farnese in Ortona (Ch), the Province Palace, the Museum of the People of Abruzzo and the Museum of Modern Art Vittoria Colonna of Pescara. He was also the winner of the PACI Prize of Isernia 2015, in sculpture section, and was invited to participate in the International Festival of Contemporary Sculpture Start'18, at the Palazzo d'Avalos in Vasto (Ch) and, for three times, at the Sulmona Award. International Exhibition of Contemporary Art.

Works by Luigi D'Alimonte

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2014

60 x 90 x 10 cm

2014

43 x 80 x 12 cm

2014

70 x 55 x 12 cm

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