A dream come true

“I’ve been interested in art for years, particularly as a modern and contemporary collector, having inherited this passion from my parents who, rather perceptively, ensured I was immersed in the art world.

Yet in recent years I’ve let a dream of mine resurface, one that was unattainable in the past: the expression of emotions, feelings and sensations through art, be it painting or writing. It’s as if a sort of passageway has been opened within me, bringing out that which, hidden deep in my soul, would have been inexpressible otherwise.

I firmly believe that, in all of man’s productive and creative endeavours, those who are able to generate value or beauty through innovation are the ones who succeed. This of course happens in an explosive way in the arts, and always has. For example, think of the courage of the Impressionists and Cubists, or that of Pop artists and, in particular, one of art’s greatest innovators: Lucio Fontana. He revolutionised how we see the relationship between canvas and paint. Before him, painters used the canvas as a mere support for paint that, through the artist’s brushstrokes, created forms to become a work of art. In so doing, Fontana generated a new way to understand art, subverting the dialogue between canvas and space with his ‘cuts’, in a new conceptual framework where surface and paint take on new roles.

At that time, the art world was undergoing extraordinary innovative changes thanks to artists like Burri, Manzoni, Castellani, Scheggi, Bonalumi and Alviani. Each one had his own artistic language, yet all were united in the deeply-held belief that beauty had to be found in the new, never ceasing to take chances with original ways of expressing ideas through materials.

Truth be told, my desire to paint is not to be understood simply as a past longing. Instead, it’s the translation of a dream I had about a year ago, inspired by what I’ve mentioned so far.

I woke up in the middle of the night as if I had seen a film: I dreamt of my paintings exactly as I then made them. The sensation of waking up in that way was so intense that I was able to remember all the details I’d imagined, from the technique to the colours, frames to use and so on. I had never painted before in my life, yet, suddenly, that night, everything was clear to me. I pondered it for months, until last March when I finally decided to give it a try, thinking about how satisfying it would be if my paintings were liked. Plus, I would have fun creating something I felt intensely within me, something that was manifested, oddly enough, through a dream.

That dreamlike vision carried a message. In fact, starting from the great artists I’ve mentioned above, I grasped that paint had to find a new form of expression, completely different than anything seen up until now. Not just through its chromatic ability to reflect a limited spectrum of light, transmitting the feeling of a specific colour, but also as a material, one that actually represents its existence. Paint, therefore, moulded only in part by me, used in large quantities and with the right density, positions itself on the canvas, creating a shape that, once dried, takes on its own appearance, as if it were alive and able to decide what form to take. The result, therefore, is that which was shown to me with great clarity in my dream. It is what I wanted to create after months of reflection: paint that comes to life on the canvas, not just through its colour, but also through its form.”

Onirico HCL

Francesco Carozza, in collaboration with Cortesi Gallery in Lugano, where he usually exhibits his artwork, participated to #ForzaLuganoForza initiative, dedicated to support Hockey Club Lugano during the pandemic, which heavily impacted Ticino’ sport teams.
The artist has created two special paintings from his 'Onirico' collection dedicated to the initiative, and exhibited at Cortesi Gallery starting from April 26th, 2021.