Lupo Borgonovo (Milan, 1985) in his practice explores the pleasures of experimentation – with matter and form – in sculpture and design. Field research, walks, archival material and history result in combinations and associations of forms of nature, historical artifacts and everyday objects, mixing existing and imaginary objects, and refined and raw materials. Among his most recent solo shows are: ‘Aplomb’, Museo del Novecento in Milan, in 2020 and ‘Zeester’, Museo Civico di Castelbuono, in 2019.
IN CIVITA, I EXHIBIT TWO WORKS THAT SUMMARIZE MY ARTISTIC PRACTICE AND THAT BOTH SPEAK OF TRADITION AND ROOTS. TONG IS A BRONZE CASTING MADE FROM THE CAST OF A PORTION OF ROOTS TRANSLATED ONTO A VERTICAL AXIS, A TRIBUTE TO NATURE AND THE MEETING OF CULTURES. OOO IS A TRIPTYCH OF DRAWINGS THAT DEEPENS THE COUNTRY’S BOND WITH ITS ALBANIAN ANCESTRY
In the field of the visible, above the earth, it is the infinite story of man and his migrations, it is the perpetual search for elsewhere. In the invisible, underground, or in the perceptible, in language, it is only the material cause of all things, the principle. The cyclical movement of peoples, who to help or to take refuge carry millenary cultures and languages, and the invisible, albeit constant, decisive and vital insinuation of the roots into the earth, are closely related by Tong, the sculpture in bronze and corten steel by Lupo Borgonovo.
A work capable of shifting the nature of its place, shifting it onto unusual levels and transforming it into a new form and material, to recognize itself in the origins and principles of the land that today is there to host it: Civita, a town among the rocks.
Lupo speaks to us about nature, not so much because it dominates Civita with its eternal beauty, before turning into architecture and urban landscape, but because it represents the arch, the primordial element, the only real reality that helps us defend ourselves from the arrival of transitory particularities. The genesis and cyclical nature that we find in OOO, the triptych of drawings inspired by the Albanian artisan tradition and summarized in the repetition of the infinite sign of the oval, in a methodical abstract work, is generated by its slow moving in time and its taking root in space.
"OOO TONG" IS A TRIPTYCH OF DRAWINGS THAT DEEPENS THE COUNTRY’S BOND WITH ITS ALBANIAN ANCESTRY
Civita is a Calabrian village of 871 residents in the province of Cosenza, which is 75km away. Holding an Orange Flag certification and located in the heart of the Pollino National Park, it is among Italy’s historic Albanian communities (arbëreshët). This eastern influence is evident, particularly in the churches that form the district of the Italian-Albanian Catholic Church of the Eparchy of Lungro, as well as in some «houses of Kodra», small houses with facades.