Marco Victor Romano / Serie NX1 / fabrics, cotton, jute, linen, ink and linen / site specific installation / 2016

This experimentation tries to record the effects of a random action on reality. Through simple and repetitive gestures, the artist intervenes on different types of fabrics. To perform the action, each fabric is folded on itself N times; subsequently, it is touched with the ink in a single point. The colour penetrates every fabric layer, but just in a single point. Once unfolded, the resulting image, produced accidentally, is fragmented into a spotted structure, with a swinging rhythm, marked by dormant matches. The entire shape gives back a harmonious sensation, like the spotted mantle of some animals as well as the typical structures of cellular agglomerates. One might find some similarities with the expansion movements of certain cosmic waves.

No pre-established aesthetic choice, at the basis of this artwork, but rather the will to demonstrate and explain, through a visual experiment, the substance organization systems inherent to genesis process of reality structures.

“Is there, perhaps, a single structure on which substance is organized for any given situation? What can you imagine at the origin of these structures: an event or rather a shaping frequency?”

To answer these questions, the artist adopts a precise methodology to synthesize the intervention on the substance in a single gesture and, at the same time, to multiply it on a single surface a given number of times. The criterion chosen for the organization of the work is inspired by the Theory of Quantity contrast by Johannes Itten, who suggested precise correspondences between the ink colour and the canvas number of folds.

In this work, Romano progressively cancels his own expressive imprint, with the aim of bringing out in the surface something else. The reality analysis is empirical, the action is compressed into a single gesture, the rest is independently structured substance in an autonomous harmony. Just like the cosmic afflatus which Alberto Burri’s Informal revolution is charged of – in the degenerative substance process[1] one might catch the truth of life processes – Romano intercepts some manifestations of universality in the reality structuring.

Furthermore, this experiment was repeated with all the visible colours[2], generating a complete chromatic series. At the basis, the will to widen the research by using all the possible combinations and to tell, in ever-changing sequences, the heterogeneity of the substance aggregation and composition possibilities. Like in Morandi’s Still Life series, each work is similar to the other ones, but identical to itself.

Once again, Romano finds into reality the expressive, symbolic and vital hook of his own artistic language, suggesting the idea of the existence of a universal art inherent to the disposition of everything.


Giovanna Calabrese

Translation curated by Ferri & Ghezzi

[1] One might think of the series by Muffe, Sacchi and Cretti, pioneers of the Informal artistic revolution by Alberto Burri.

[2] Visible colours: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet. The series involves the creation of 8 works made with yellow, red, blue, indago, orange, green, purple and black