Giulio Turcato (Mantova 1912 – Rome 1995), Composition
Arcylic on canvas cm 70 x 100, signed (Turcato) lower right, datable to 1971-72, with authentic n. 25B11269720, by Giulio Turcato Archive, Rome.
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Giulio Turcato is one of the most significant interpreters of pictorial abstractionism in the international field, even if his work is much more complex and articulated, and includes fascinating figurative implications and extraordinary arenas in the field of sculpture and set design.
Turcato has been able to impose his own inimitable language to the 20th century, making the form-color the reason for an inexhaustible research, of experimentation that lasted until his last years of life. He was an extraordinary explorer, who made art the code to interpret the world in all its aspects, from biology to entomology, from physics to astronomy: everything becomes an opportunity for new inventions of shapes and colors that redefine the human imaginary, individual and collective, in the very moment in which they interpret the various models of knowledge.
“These images, sensations, materials, memories, illusions, hallucinations, shapes, itineraries, are my baggage, open to the customs of the next millennium,” Turcato wrote in 1985. A declaration of fundamental poetics by an artist who played an essential task in freeing art from academic conventions, in an original and solitary way.
As Silvia Pegoraro wrote, “Turcato is blinded, squinting until another world emerges, a world of pure forms, non-contingent structures of color, masses and volumes, freed from the objects that manifest them. Turcato scotomizes – occult – the vision of reality as contingent, cultural, historical, conscious, that vision that structures the world in the figure we know more or less: scotomizes the world view as knowledge acquired and inscribed in the orders of culture, and he surprises with the vertigo of the new. (Skòtos, in ancient Greek, is shadow, and at the same time vertigo). ”
In the work presented here, Turcato transforms the canvas into “an interplanetary place of conquest, transporting fragments of other planets within his creative and visionary reality, using unusual tools for painting, yet extremely effective for his purpose”, creating polymaterial mixtures, populated by larval presences, sinuous arabesques born from the artist’s creative imagination.