Caffè Internazionale, 2018_Palermo
With a text by painter Alessandro Sarra. Special thanks to Galleria Adalberto Catanzaro, Bagheria, Palermo
'Belvedere', a series of paintings part presented at Caffè Internazionale, Palermo, rotates around a place, a painted place, the vista from a picture by Francesco Lojacono (1875), 'Palermo e il Monte Pellegrino'.
A sensorial, tactile painting characterises the pictures of Michele Tocca (1983), dedicated to the direct representation of phenomena, circumstances and infinitesimal events. His is a territory in transformation, of comparisons among substances, times and events. A territory, in which the exploration of material and chronological interactions in the physical world, implies and overlaps with ruminations on paintings in its making – the questions, problems, approaches and clichés intrinsic to sur-le-motif painting. It is time – its effects and qualities (duration, cyclicality, coexistence …), the time of observation and execution – that dictates the rules of his production, made of series that develop over years.
In this respect, part of his work happens in places that have already been immortalised by painters from the past. Through researches that include the observation of paintings, old and new maps, google earth, notes and studies, such places are identified and visited becoming temporary studios. To return to routes traced by past painters does not involve, for Tocca, the idea of homage or a sense of nostalgia for a lost time. Rather, there is something picaresque and disabused in his search of places where time is stretched, suspended between the present and the past, imagination and reality. Places, that confound the aesthetic coordinates of our hyper-geolocalised present
Belvedere #2, 2018, oil on canvas, 71x40 cm