Billoni and Franza

Abstract of article published on LIBERO - Tuesday, Fenruary 12 2008

Flying infinity beyond reality. Billoni and utopia in his works

By CARLO FRANZA:

There's painting beyond painting, when this relies more on style and refinement of colours and shapes, on contents opening toward new perspectives where life reminiscent of itself, retrieves fragments of space, where time becomes substance. Billoni in his works creates dimensions suspended between heaven and hades.

That's why an acclaimed art historian such as Federico Zeri, had one of the artist's works on his book's cover "Confesso che ho sbagliato".

An overall of tirthy artworks on either canvas or paper, counting paintings, tempera, drawings, all sharply conveying the artist's restless attitude toward life and symbolic research and so doing standing as if a new leading figure of an all Lombard expression, just as it happened in the case of Persico's Chiarismo and morality in the Thirties.

A bright-set painting can be indeed immediately perceived both in the dreamlike, utopian descriptions of those tectonic and collapsing landscapes and in the accounts of angels wrapped in whitish clothes against black backdrops. Yet, in such all so earthly matters, transcending clearly breaks in: not only through the fraying of the very subjects but also in use of glazings, sudden light even in white colours. From former studies of the astral wheels to tracing new routes of netherworlds, clouds up to nearly immaterial angel figures.

Cosmology and alchemy, mysticism and symbology, all fully entitled to access solid clouds, recesses as well as stratified skies. Even illuminations and cryptic etching works.

Billoni's work is all about real and unreal, soul and body . His imagination knows no drawing back when facing most people wouldn't grasp. Remarkably, to think his painting is surreal may turn out to be quite misleading . Mystery and philosophy are indeed there, together with a a style of his own, pulsing from definite to indefinite, trusting in that threshold of heaven coming to aid some paintings as in the case of the "diamonds' storming from a cloud down to the ground, or then again the eyes propagation, wide open to countless readings.


Giuseppe Billoni: the whirl of utopia

BY CARLO FRANZA:

Billoni's biography is extremely prominent in its intellectual course, where abstract and figurative may coexist, actually trascending both and in so doing opening to a third way created by their very interaction, a hold out against any coding. The artistic process begins as an anticipation, shapes on literature, pulses in matter and colours, whereas lyric and symbolic expressions spring from the clashing of the signifier and the signified. The true turning point is indeed represented by the symbolic process and experience: the artist parts from the generic approach to reality, a process that leads to either antropomorphic images or to fragments used as a mean to define space.

The artist uses perspective distance and fragments of space where images are arranged according to near-far, up-down gradient or slowly collapsing.

A plunging gaze on those works the artist has in time embraced while in his reflective process would show how substance starts to perceive the space around itself, how time-space turns into substance. Matter tells space how to curve while space tells matter how to move. This painting needs to be given enduring meaning, a condition located between complete informality and absolute form, light and colour, presence and absence. Images seem to accelerate the immediate perception of consciousness where objects are live in a fractured time. A painting sounded out in moving sequences, a metaphorical transposition, yet a sign of presence, shape, gesture, excess, memory of life, bolt of light, unexpected colours. Beyond colour, surfaces ,formal elements, astral wheels, architecture of space, blend into pure colours, create dissonances and silence. The very substance of painting becomes gloss, sudden light and openings diving towards impossible trascendance. Substance as ignition of perpetual light.

By Carlo Franza, December 2007


Leadership medica – Arte

Issue September - 2007

This painting needs to be given enduring meaning, a condition located between complete informality and absolute form.

BY CARLO FRANZA:

Billoni's biography is extremely prominent in its intellectual course, where abstract and figurative may coexist, actually trascending both and in so doing opening to a third way created by their very interaction, a hold out against any coding.

Indeed the turning point is here represented by the symbolic process and experience, as the artist parts from a generic approach to reality and leads to either antropomorphic images or to fragments used to define space.

In these works life is already reminiscence, rich with profound significance that defines matter which opens to what is found beyond temporary perceptions thus pushing back boundaries to unveil a different time and mind structure .

These works evolve in their thematic sections, from skies to the earth stratification process, to images of light.

The artist uses perspective distance and fragments of space where images are arranged according to near-far, up-down gradient or slowly collapsing.

A plungin gaze on those works the artist has in time embraced while going through his reflective process would shou how matter begins to perceive space around it, how time-space turns into matter and again matter tells space how to curve while space tells matter how to move.FAX 0 0

This painting needs enduring meaning, a condition located between complete informality and absolute form, light and colour, presence and absence. Images seem to accelerate the immediate perception of consciousness where objects are live in a fractured time.

A painting sounded out in moving sequences, a metaphorical transposition, yet a sign of presence, shape, gesture, excess, memory of life, bolt of light, unexpected colours.

Beyond colour, surfaces ,formal elements, astral wheels, architecture of space, blend into pure colours, create dissonances and silence.

The very substance of painting becomes gloss, sudden light and openings diving towards impossible trascendance. Substance as ignition of perpetual light.