Federico Zimatore


by Carolina Pozzi


The gallery " 28 Piazza di Pietra" will be presenting from the 29th of november to the 14th of december "Sinfonie", the new personal exhibition of Federico Zimatore, a Roman artist who has been active in the art scene since the mid 90s.

To testify the dynamic evolution of his reasearch and the necessity to translate expressive urgency in constantly renovated manifestations,  the exhibition's path is expressed in two spaces which respectively host a selection of works made between 2010 and 2012 and an extract of new works conceived for the occasion. While the lower ground of the gallery holds the most "critical" roots of the artist's search - with works such as "Profondo rosso" (2012) "Eurodollaro" (2012) "Mare fermo" (2010) and "La palude" (2010) which reveal an unsettling outlook towards current economical and environmental issues - on the floor above we witness an uptake of more lyrical and joyful themes, particularly cherished by Zimatore, which identify in art a possibility of distancing oneself from a contingent reality, and find an escape in the transcendent power of pure shapes and colours.



The title of the exhibition, mutated from music terminology, therefore refers to a heterogeneous and complex composition, in which differing movements find a place together. In the same way, the artist's unpublished works communicate one with the other, referring back to elements already characteristic to the artist's practice, like the paper boats and the fabric chords, and combining these with new icons - the notes and musical scores - therefore creating a new symbolic universe, in which pictorial language merges with musical language to engage the spectator on different levels, both in meaning and interpretation.

Zimatore creates his works with the same criterion of a musician working on a "sonata", reserving the liberty to vary harmony and rhythm and allowing ample space for improvisation, giving life to compositions which may encompass elements of the "scherzo", "grave", "allegro", and "moderato", therefore following agogic indications in the execution of a music piece.

Thus the exhibition offers a privileged point of view on the artist's activity, presenting a narrational comparison, between consequent focal points of his work and insisting on the juxtaposition, and at the same time on the exchange, between prelude and symphony, hypothesis and thesis, to reach a "musical change" which aims to be a joyous declaration of intents to face what the future holds.



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