At the CRAC (Research Centre for Contemporary Arts) in Lamezia Terme, they will be inaugurating on March 19th at 18.00, with the support of the Regional Council of Calabria, the first solo exhibit of the Calabrian artist Roberto Giriolo. The exhibition, which will remain open to the public until March 31st, was conceived and curated by Valentina Tebala and includes more than thirty works, highlighting the concepts, solutions and creative languages that underlie its formal investigation and its conceptual and behavioral research. Roberto Giriolo, born as a painter and designer, he often uses different techniques and media: from collages and classical painting tools to the more disparate and curious readymade, as well as site-specific installations, including the mass culture images retrieved from newspapers, advertising or fashion catalogs. But the central point of his work is the Man and the contemporary habitats in which they live, in the Era Vulgaris: “the era of standardization and cultural sterilization.”
Giriolo places man at the center of his destiny, recounting the exploits and sorrow which in time were annihilated and then evolved from hominids, but that seems to regress in attitudes to the lower social class of plebs, when he comes to sacrifice any liability and intellectual dignity, losing the freedom of thought, word and deed, in favor of a more convenient mass standardization. The artist makes use of the term Era vulgaris to express the aspiration of his research to the complaint of the greedy capitalists of the West, of a harmful globalization to cultural and environmental diversity, towards a free and informed reflection on the contradictions of today’s society.
A job that in the Italian art scene fits into this sense among those rather isolated investigations engaged in strong critical reasoning and incident, in respect to the context in which you put it: the contemporary world and the humans who inhabit it. Using brush strokes and explosive colors inherited from a certain Expressionism and American Graffiti, and meaningless games and words on Dada and Pop trails, the artist interprets the great pictorial canvas or wooden boards, watercolors or digital prints, to installations, to the book or to artist prototypes.
CRAC opening hours: Daily from 15:30 to 20:30