Aldo Severini


Carloni is a naturalist in love with landscape. His creative activity is centred on this theme, that isn’t as easy as it seems. Many painters approached this theme, and I can say that without fear of contradiction, in an oleographic or contrived way, like postcard illustrations (and I’m not interested in those ones); other painters, instead, studied the landscape “where life palpitates”. In front of us, as the artworks communicate, there isn’t a static picture, but the true sense of movement of the landscape soul. This theme has become delicate because many of us approached it: Carloni began to work in this direction, asking the greatest effort to his imagination, his culture and his intelligence, in order to offer the art’s beneficiary not just a landscape interpreted in a banal way, but a landscape in a different dimension, connected with conventional rules but at the same time beyond tradition. In light of this view of painting (let’s remember the fantasy and creativity of Mirò, Gorky and Licini from Marches; the free-form shapes, I was about to say heretical, of Klein, Burri, Vedova, De Kooning; Dorazio’s colours, the neo-realism of Gotturso, Omiccioli and Vespignani; De Chirico’s oneiric metaphysical and so on, leaving Picasso, Van Gogh, Matisse and Gauguin in peace) I look at an artwork and interpret it, to reach a critical judgment. Carloni’s artwork, a painting on jute and plywood canvas, uses a sand-like matter, picked up in a pit, that the artist kneads and then spreads on the canvas. He achieves well-chosen and very delicate chromatic combinations. During a recent conversation with the artist, he revealed me that his purpose is to obtain an absolute conciseness whose final aim must be the colours’ unification in a single colour that amalgamates them all. A goal that may seem unnatural and impossible to attain, but an attempt must be made to give things, space, and nature fundamental values. An artist with great potential that stands on a remarkable originality and creativity which interests critics that love figurative arts in a quality product, upon which is possible to reflect, by going into the reasons of art in general and of our artists in particular.