Press Release

curated by Stefano Gagliardi
from 22/06/2024 to 14/07/2024

2024 - Galleria Gagliardi, San Gimignano

Galleria Gagliardi is pleased to announce that on Saturday, 22nd June 2024, will be inaugurated the solo exhibition by Flavio Senoner "Nero intenso - Bianco sublime" ("Deep black – Sublime white") at its space in San Gimignano (SI), which will end on Sunday, 14th July.
The exhibition is curated by Stefano Gagliardi and the critical text written by Isabella Del Guerra.
Flavio Senoner had a classical education: he attended the Accademia Di Belle Arti in Florence, graduated with honours from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan and then continued his studies at the Barnet Art and Design High School in London, which gave him the chance to get to know and engage with other artistic realities. His acquaintance with the ZERO Group, founded in Germany (Dusseldorf) in 1957, and knowledge of their experimentation with new materials, advanced processing technologies and new expressive procedures, became important for his training and was an artistic philosophy that influenced his work.
Flavio was born in 1970 and began his artistic activity in 2001, engaging with the Italian, French, Dutch and German avant-gardes, intrinsically linked to the ZERO Group, and looked with great interest at the research of artists like Otto Piene, Heinz Mack, Bernard Aubertin, Yves Klein, Piero Manzoni, Enrico Castellani and Agostino Bonalumi, sharing their desire to reset the artistic experiences linked to the past, all traceable to now traditional concepts of “painting” and “sculpture”.
For Senoner, the desire-necessity to start from scratch became the stimulus for a rigorous project for a new art form in wood carving. He makes use of advanced crafting technologies, of a design that feeds and enriches itself as it develops; he subjects the work of art to changing processes of perception, at both spatial and kinetic level; he pursues, builds and recomposes the three-dimensionality of the sculptural work through summations and intersections of two-dimensional constants; the choice of colour is reduced to white, black and all the nuances of a controlled combustion and he marks out the kinetic presence of the void and the solid on both planes (two- and three-dimensional). He doesn't paint the wood but uses flame on it as the brush of combustion, he doesn't colour the wood but inserts chalk white so that all the wood becomes deep black and sublime white together.
Taken from "Nero intenso - Bianco sublime" by Isabella Del Guerra