Hominis : works and creations of Paolo Zingone, of A.Foti (1/3)
There are places in our country where art and culture find a spot in which both are naturally and originally redefined so much as to put again in discussion the common critical modern art ways of interpretation and to induce in the visitor a state of an emotional well being and cultural growth.
This is what I felt and shared with my family during a visit to Paolo Zingone's art shop in Cortona (AR), the discovery of which pushed me into an intoxicating world of colours, shapes, portraits and figures of great and original artistic importance.
The sober and homely atmosphere as much as the warm and sincere reception, Neapolitan style, of Mr Paolo Zingone immediately touched me with his first remarks and set me in a state of serene and privileged observation.
The amount and variety of art works present in this impressive contemporary art habitat induces in the observers a series of considerations regarding the faces of the terracotta sculptures that represent with absolute original modality the complexity of human actions and thoughts.
The attention of the observer is immediately captured by the Hominis, that are sculptures that freeze in their own three-dimensional space an aspect of the personality of any particular man while searching for answers to the most worrying life questions or awaiting to take the most important and irrevocable decisions.
On those faces and in each singular body gesture the artist represents with great expressive charge all the anxieties of everyday life, the emotions, the uneasiness, the illusions, the dreams, the passions, the inspirations, the complexity of relationships as much as the extreme need to share, to understand and to being understood.
The Hominis look at each other, they confront each other, they look out for each other, they ignore each other, they isolate themselves, they interact with the surroundings as actual beings that have a light and a soul of their own.
Often they are represented by the artist with a suitcase, ready to go, and with their hands in their pockets as people in an ever ending search for themselves and for a re-definition of their own role.
The travel theme is undoubtedly the most dominant aspect of the sculptures and in general of all the work of Zingone and it shows, with great realism, the sensibility of the artist in identifying movement, dynamism and the process of becoming as the same essence of life itself.