FIORI DI CROCO
MARCOROSSI artecontemporanea is pleased to present in Milan - and simultaneously in Verona - Arcangelo's solo exhibition entitled Fiori di croco.
The new series of works on canvas and paper by the Italian artist is inspired by a flower, the crocus, known since ancient times for its rich presence along the Appian Way, the road that connected Maleventum - later to become Benevento - and Avellino, the city where the artist's roots lie. Crocus flowers embody for Arcangelo the Curatores Viarum, a sort of guardians of that street that the poet Stazio, in the first century A.C., raised to "Queen of the streets". Their presence along the Appian Way seemed to guarantee a sort of continuity in the connection between Rome and the southern provinces of the peninsula. A journey full of emotion and meaning, that of Arcangelo’s poetics which is affirmed in the painting with bold colours, slightly hinted shapes and the strong sign that resounds with the ancient time (like that of the pictograms in the caves) and that continues in the sculpture. This is witnessed by a group of ceramics from the Case Dogon series, present at the exhibition. It is the land of the south, his land, together with his journeys - made or imagined - the undisputed protagonist of Arcangelo’s works. All his research, wrote Ivan Quaroni in the past, "is based on the roots and sense of belonging, and on the sharing of a cultural heritage, the Samnite one, which he has been able to extend and transform, to include the legacies of other places and other peoples”.