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Sabato 4 febbraio 2023 ore 12,30
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COLOPHONARTE presenta PICCOLO TRATTATO DEL SEGNO inedito di Ugo Volli dedicato ad Agostino Ferrari.

Il volume è arricchito da un originale di Agostino Ferrari, tecnica mista ed estroflessione su carta Hahnemühle di cm. 40x30.

I draw signs and writings not to represent but to stop myself on a page time.
If it is true that this too will become a story or a diary, it will be only because everything that man has done, including the first imprint left on the sand, has remained in our memory even if many winds have erased the image.

As Janus well wrote: "The sign has in itself the possibility of rebelling even against itself, become indecipherable like ancient tombstones engraved in a remote and unknown language. This is his return to his origins, when nothing yet existed in the minds of men except for a few opaque glimmers of light in the ice or in the heatwave of his early dreams"

Each color is pregnant with multiple meanings closely linked to the natural world and the magical relationship that man has always had with it, a symbol permeated with emotional resonance.

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The Catalogue of Agostino Ferrari's works has been published by Editrice Electa.

The volume, edited by Martina Corgnati, documents about 2500 works, excluding multiples and projects, and consists of critical texts, cards of the various creative periods and bio-bibliographical apparatus.

About His Work

Almost a foreword

by Martina Corgnati

In a group of several paintings of his, collectively called Oltre la soglia (Beyond the Threshold) and started after 2002, Agostino Ferrari decided to deceptively break through the canvas’ surface, disclosing “another”, further, dimension, the almost tangible presence of a physical space – heralded by the three-dimensional and almost complacent curls of a painted surface folding and crumpling on itself – and, at the same time, the utter absence of space, the stillness of a space sucked into the dull and impassable blackness of this totally other dimension.

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The pre-expressiveness of writing

by Ugo Volli

For more than four decades, Agostino Ferrari has been working on the thin but decisive border parting signal from sign. As his work is within the boundary of the visual and basically (with the remarkable exception of his intriguing three-dimensional maquettes) of the XXth century expressive painting tradition, the thin border Ferrari’s art is mainly investigating lies in between plastic matrix and writing.

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The undivided space of painting

by Luciano Caramel

“In developing my research, I rather focus my attention on sign, which is life’s trail, the intermediate between my own existence and the surrounding reality.” Written by Agostino Ferrari for the Events series, this is the first remark the reader finds alongside the selection of paintings, dating from 1984 onwards, displayed in this book. An incipit consonant with the artist’s entire work of the last twenty-three years (almost a quarter of a century), which is marked by such an intrinsic coherence, in spite of the variety to be found within its operational hypothesis and their results, on a language level so intimately connected with life and both the cultural and existential context, as to be always lively and stimulating, striving for art to be not just a self-centered purpose, but an increasingly determinant discourse with the public.

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Agostino Ferrari – Eventi

by Giancarlo Politi

Intervista comparsa sul n. 295 luglio-agosto-settembre 2011 di Flash Art

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