Alpha and omega, beginning and end, logic consecutio of every action. Everything has a beginning and an end and the echo of the biblical words makes the concept even more solemn. Concept, however, that in some cases can be twisted and overturned by the events because if it is true that a beginning must have an end, life teaches us that it is also true that an end can rise to a new beginning. So, like the phoenix rising from its ashes to new life, the extremes chase each other in an eternal uroboro of beginning and end and of end and beginning. And it is precisely what the exhibition The End is the Beginning expresses through his works in which death, eternally present, regenerates in new existence.
Inaugurated in one of the the rainiest days of Roman autumn, the show has as its main inspiration the passage of Genesis which tells the story of the universal flood. Its interpreters are two well known artists not only in the panorama of the capital but also internationally, Lucamaleonte and David Diavù Vecchiato. Twenty works, ten for each one, made of wooden planks joined together to compose an extendable surface, depending on the artistic need, simulating the memory of the ancient ark that saved Noah and the animals.
House of this contemporary reinterpretation of one of the best-known biblical texts, is the new gallery Sacripante. Based at the Rione Monti in Rome, it has inside a heart both rough and sophisticated; the raw concrete, in fact, combines itself with the baroque decor that becomes wing for the protagonists who are exposed in this young space. Curated by Rossana Calbi and Giulia Piccioni, the exhibition captures the visitor for that intimate and thoughtful aspect coming out from every single fiber, pigment and subject. The crypt appears to be a real surprise. In some of its corners a black and white memento mori resounds, between light and shadow, and this place become a space of confrontation between the two artists who, in it, found themselves working side by side, building step by step a decorative project that brings back to mind the primitive cave decorations, not for content or technical skills, but for that archaic flavor that you breathe inside. The space became for six months property of the artists who, spreading their being since the last millimeter of available surface, did resound their presences in an constant and vibrant echo. Lucamaleonte and Diavù scream a pain half broken but from which new hope revives, where “all is not lost” and it seems to rely on the most sensitive keys of our consciences.
This positive sense must be interpreted and analyzed before to show all its power; a positivity of which these works are messengers although being an extreme version of a less favorable concept less or of a crudest reality but, for this, undisputed symbols of the end that, if we believe, will prove to be our beginning.
The End is the Beginning
Lucamaleonte& David Diavù Vecchiato
curated by Rossana Calbi, Giulia Piccioni
Sacripante Art Gallery
up to April 30, 2015