Pescara, Abruzzo, Italy
Women don't come from Venus and dogs do bite here - a critical essay on Claudio Di Carlo's work
Claudio Di Carlo has always laid his glance on forms trespassing the borders.
Being a protean artist he has crossed a plurality of counter-cultural artistic experiences related to the 70s and the 80s.
Grown up in the humus of ethical-political anarchism, he was involved in underground music and experimental theatre.
The artist plans cultural spaces, creates groups of artistic support and multimedia performances, produces rock groups, invents and organizes festivals and happenings and he deals with electronic music.
His centrifugal impulse has undertaken the necessary function of his creativity.
His ever growing feelings for multiple vocations - as if the image of a self that turns into a multitude - significantly disjointed from authoritarian bonds, are also to be regarded as mediators allowing our society to regulate its excitement and repression.
Di Carlo with his resolute entrances into the "others" has crossed thresholds considered shut into a spiral that is as intense as extensive.
In the post-modern world the artist seems to incarnate a nomadic and multi-identity personality extremely rooted between sensory barriers of somatic and experiential languages.
His work is a continuous rearrangement aiming to rut the aesthetic forms of everyday life along with the impressive cultures of popular consumptions.
His wish is leading himself to the concentration and control of a form reaching at last integrity within a specific sensitive experience.
He doesn't merely express what one is like or what one expresses but, being faithful to his own nature, he becomes what one is like.
The pictorial transfiguration of this "conatus vitale", in an atopic past, of no fixed abode, of no concrete forms, seems to have found a specific area of intensity : the feminine figure as the image of desire. Or rather the desire as primary mobilization of individual and collective bios.
Desire as the originary cause for turning consumptions into something spectacular and fashion into superficiality.
Desire represented up to his "reverse", up to the extreme edges of "Trash" and "Crash" in our civilization.
William Burroughs would say : " We are in a zone of electrical sexual currents ".
Claudio lives and works in Rome, Pescara and Hamburg.
Painter, cultural worker, director and producer.
Years of nomadism between Ovada's community and European roads ; artistic main reference "Convergenze Gallery", a versatile space directed by Peppino D'Emilio, PESCARA. He exhibits abstract/informale art in several group-exhibitions then he drops painting to dedicate himself to music, theatre and cultural planning. He gets back to painting many years later finding a new direction, figurative/conceptual art.
Founder of punk-rock groups Koma and R.A.F. Rock Army Fraktion.
Performer and organizer with street theatre ensamble "Drammateatro" directed by Claudio Di Scanno.
Planner and director of " Officina club" in PESCARA, one of the first spaces for multimedia-conception in Italy.
1987 - 94
Collaboration with theatrical research group "Florian". During those years he develops a collective experience that gives life to "Gruppo d'intervento artistico", later called " Brigata Abruzzi" with Giulia Basel, GianMarco Montesano, Giovanni Mostarda, Enzo Berardi and with the contribuiton of new French philosophers Baudrillard, Sollers... It's a moment of decision in which he collects all the experiences of former nomadism and turns it into visual-art.
Founder of "Il teatro delle forme". Writes and directs "Spettacolo continuato: Gli incubi del signor Duamell" with Giampiero Mancini as actor and coauthor.
Producer of rap-rock group "Sistema Informativo Massificato" for "Diramazioni" on behalf of Warner Music Italy-Wea.
Establishes his own studio : "the Ice Badile-studio" in Rome, an open-space shared with artists: Ivan Barlafante, Emilio Leofreddi, Claire Longo, Daniela Papadia and Andrea Orsini to whom we must add several other young artists and musicians joining the studio for apprenticeship.
Creator with the composer Gabriel Maldonado, of " The Hyper Vectorial Sistem " - electronic music project, open and uncontrolled.
He defines John Fante together with Janis Joplin, Rossellini, Modigliani, Piero Ciampi, Jesus and P.J. Harvej, figures belonging to his own poetic imagination by full right.
THE GREAT ILLUSION - curated by Manuela De Leonardis - Gallery of Art
Temple Univerity Rome
"LA FEMME EST L'AVENIR" curated by Raffaella Muollo - Sudio Soligo - ROMA
- "NO BORDERS"" curated by Raimonda Z. Bongiovanni - Galleria Cavour - BOLOGNA
- "OH MY DOG!" solo-exhibition curated by Carlotta Monteverde - art criticism written by Lorenzo Canova, Carlotta Monteverde, Germano Scurti, Antonio Zimarino. AURUM-PESCARA
-" LA RETINA LUCENTE" curated by Lorenzo Canova. Termoli Award - TERMOLI
- 7th BERLIN BIENNALE - Open Call - curator Arthur Zmijewski, associate curators Voina, Joanna Warsza - BERLIN
-" APERITIVI d'ARTE" curated by Achille Bonito Oliva and Umberto Scrocca, contribution of Takeawaygallery - Camponeschi - ROME
-" PEACE ISLAND" curated by Francesca Pietracci - Istituto Superiore Antincendi - ROME
-"DIREZIONE ALTERITA'" - Marco Moreggia's project , curated by Francesca Pietracci - Teatro India - Indiateca - ROME
-"L'ARTE NON E' MAI PER L'ARTE" - Emergency Evening curated by Takeawaygallery - Kenako - ROME
- HAPPENING -"L'Ice Badile non esiste ed ora chiude" - curated by Ice Badile Studio - Ice Badile Studio - ROME
-"SIMPLICITAS MAGNA" - il neoclassicismo nell'arte contemporanea curated by Raimonda Z. Bongiovanni - BOLOGNA
-"CHAMBRE D'AMIS" curated by Giorgia Calò - ROME
-" WOMEN & CO" curated by Francesca Pietracci - Studio 88 - ROME
-"DIE WERKE UND DIE TAGE" curated by Francesca Pietracci - Galerie Fabwerkw M6 - HAMBURG
-"AMBIENT/ PAESAGGI SONORI" solo-exhibition curated by Francesca Pietracci Bibliothè Contemporary Art - ROME
- "XX KALENARTE "1990/2010 un filo lungo vent'anni - 20 manifestos along the city - CAMPOBASSO
-"LA CITTA' DALLE NOVE PORTE" curated by Francesca Pietracci - Bibliothè Contemporary Art - ROME
-"ARS ARTEM INVOCAT" curated by Raimonda Z. Bongiovanni - Galleriebongiovanni - BOLOGNA
-"VINIGRI" curated by Giusy Lauriola and Manuela de Leonardis - galleria arte contemporanea - ROME
-"ARTISTI PER LA SALUTE" curated by Marco Maiocchi - galleria Derbylius - MILAN
-"ALLEGRO MA NON TROPPO" solo-exhibition curated by Giuseppe Stagnitta, with Miriam Abutori, Gerardo Greco - Room 26 - ROME
-"BACIA LA PALLA D'ARTISTA" solo-exhibition curated by Takeawaygallery with Katiuscia Magliarisi, Gabriel Maldonado, Phtv - galleria Opera Unica - ROME
-"24x24" curated by Takeawaygallery - Claudio Abate Studio - ROME
-"EINST IM MAI/ ERA DI MAGGIO" solo-exhibition curated by Francesca Pietracci - Galleria Atelier 777 - PESCARA
-"UNA MANO PER L'AIL" curated by Lorenzo Canova - CHRISTIE'S charitable auction - ROME
-"EINST IM MAI/ ERA DI MAGGIO" solo-exhibition curated by Francesca Pietracci - Galerie Frabwerke M6 - HAMBURG
-"IMPRONTA GLOBALE" curated by Daniele Arzenta - ISA Istituto Superiore Antincendi - ROME
-"ARS AMATORIA"curated by Raimonda Z. Bongiovanni, Gallerie Bongiovanni - BOLOGNA
-"IL PIACERE" curated by L.Adragna, B. Collevecchio, M. Diveroli - D'Annunzio's house-Museum - Atelier 777 - PESCARA
-"SCANNING" curated by Stefano Elena - Studio Soligo - ROME
-"FALCE E MARTELLO SIMBOLI DI FERRO" curated by Daniele Arzenta, Giorgia Calò, Roberto Gramiccia - MUSPAC - L'AQUILA
-"LA CITTA' DALLE 9 PORTE" ...dire,fere,baciare...cantare curated by Francesca Pietracci - Bibliothè Contemporary Art - ROME
-“UNA MANO PER AIL”, CHRISTIE’S charitable auction ROME
-“GUNE'GUNAICOS” curated by Raimonda Z. Bongiovanni – Bongiovanni Gallerie - BOLOGNA
-“IMAGO IMAGINIS” Basilio Cascella 53th Award – curated by Antonio Zimarino. Francavilla al mare - CHIETI
- "TRASHSCHIC" solo-exhibition curated by Giorgia Calò and Micol Di Veroli, Estrobar-Abitart Hotel - ROME
“V BIENNALE DEL LIBRO D'ARTISTA” Città di Cassino, curated by Vittoria Biasi, Teresa Pollidori,Barbara Tosi.
Minicipal Library P.Malatesta - CASSINO
-“FUORI DALLA GABBIA” - curated by Massimo Palumbo – SERMONETA
- “FOOD & VISION” Rust, solo-exhibition - wine Bar curated by Giorgia Calò - ROME
-“EUROPA AMERICA 360 E-VENTI”, Galleria 196 - art criticism by Paolo Balmas - ROME
- "DON'T CRY BABY", solo-exhibition, Atelier 777 – curated by Adriana Martino and Lucia Spadano – PESCARA
- "CRASH" Horti Lamiani – solo-exhibition curated by Giorgia Calò, catalogue texts by Andrea Orsini and Pietro Roccasecca - ROME
-"VIDEOISLAND" video art festival curated by Giorgia Calò, Luca Curci, Micol Di Veroli and Olivia Spatola – Isola Tiberina – ROME
-"OMAGGIO A FANTE", solo-exhibition, litarary festival "Il Dio di mio padre" dedicated to JOHN FANTE, art director Giovanna Di Lello - Torricella Peligna - (CHIETI)
-“KCOR N’ETRA” ECOTECA, solo-exhibition curated by Luigi Pagliarini – PESCARA
Claudio Di Carlo - Frame to Frame - 2000
Claudio Di Carlo Bacia La Palla d'Artista
THE CARLOS REID GALLERY
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