“Linea Appennino 1201” is a solo show by Angelo Bellobono where the body of pictorial works spans across his latest artistic research is exhibited for the first time.
Specifically realized for AlbumArte, the exhibition owes its name to the path the artist took last summer along the ridge of the Appennine Mountains, climbing the main peaks of each Italian region, from the Pollino –Dolcedorme of the Calabria-Basilicata’s southern border, to the extreme north of Mount Maggiorasca in Liguria. The journey gave birth to a group of works realized using original soils collected from those peaks. Included in the works, Monte Appennino is a large painting where all soils are mixed together giving life to the memory of an imagined mountain.
“Linea Appennino 1201” builds on Bellobono’s research on the Mediterranean Sea perceived as a large lake nestled between the mountains; for him a place of constant experience, work, and research, both as a kid, as a ski instructor, and as an artist. Somehow, it is also a look at inland Italy, a trail of memory and imagination, a bridge between the north and south, enriching the exploration of the connection between territories that Bellobono has been conducting for years.
When this exhibition was conceived, Angelo expressedtome the desire to display his painting, after a long time in which his efforts and engagement with public shows had been focused on “projects”, such as surveys of territories, places and roots, geology and anthropology. Painting represents the most personal and private part of this research:a means of expression he has been practiced without interruption in order to substantiate his experiences through art. As he often says, painting is an act of restitution of one’s own history and memory. (Elisa Del Prete)
I paint to go back home. Painting is my map, made by sweat, wind, cold, sun, climbs and descents. It is the construction of the path. (Angelo Bellobono)