Remo Salvadori (Cerreto Guidi, 1947)
Remo Salvadori’s experience in art started in Florence and continued in Milan, to which city the artist moved in the 1970s, attaining success as an exponent of the generation that followed Arte Povera and Conceptual Art.
In his works, he seems to unite the leanings of the Renaissance alchemist with a modern stance. His early production exhibits strong ties to places where he had lived and a likewise strong consideration for the viewer (L’osservatore e non l’oggetto osservato [‘The observer and not the object observed’] is the title of one of his 1980s’ sculptures). The artist concentrates on the passage from intuition to creation, and then to contemplation, without intervening interruptions.
Salvadori’s works are grouped in series. These ‘families’ grow and evolve according to a slow and conscious process of maturation. One, Nel momento, is a work begun in 1974, composed of sheets of metal, from lead through tin, copper, mercury, silver and gold, of various dimensions, on which the artist intervenes with cuts and folds to create a complex dynamic of filled and empty spaces. The title of the work suggests an idea of the ‘moment’ both as ‘instant’ and as ‘duration’, with reference as much to the time required for its creation as to that spent observing it.
For Salvadori, art is a communion of opposites. His works are rooted in the conceptual and formal dialectics between interior and exterior, uniqueness and multiplicity, spirituality and material being. Geometric forms interpreted a symbols recur in many of his sculptures and installations: the square, index of the terrestrial dimension, in counterpoint to the circle, metaphor of the celestial geometries.