Plastic Beauty: Dario Tironi

13 July - 4 August 2017

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Curated by SimonBart Gallery


SimonBart Gallery _ Via Aga Khan 1 - Promenade du Port, Porto Cervo


Opening event: 13th July 2017 – 19:30 


Opening hours: 

Monday - Sunday: 10:00 - 13:00; 18:00 - 00:00

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Press release
SimonBart Gallery of Porto Cervo and Poltu Quatu inaugurates the 2017 season with the exhibition Plastic Beauty, dedicated to the latest works by the sculptor Dario Tironi.
Eclectic artist and interested in contamination of many different expressive languages, Tironi takes inspired by our everyday life and pays attention to the contrasts of contemporary society and its consumer logic, showing a highly original style, which aims at achieving an ideal "plastic beauty". Plastic is the rendering of the forms and proportions of the body, reached by the artist just assembling recycled items, without the use of internal molds; but plastic is also the main material of contemporary society, largely dominant in his works.
Materials are waste products of daily use, product of contemporary "Plastic Age": accessories, technological equipment, toys and dolls, household appliances and gadgets, gadgets which describe our cultural identity, aesthetic taste but also, in virtue of their obsolescence, our vain desires and needs.
Tironi seems to tell us through his works that even scraps can produce art. Waste can come back to new life: so old Barbies, broken calculators, plastic bottles, golf balls and cables become something else, taking on the features of men and animals of great size. Coca Cola cans, dolls legs, mobile phones assembled together can transmit much more than they appear.
His sculptures reach astonishing expressive results, thanks to the constant reference to classical schemes. Legacy of classical tradition represent, in Tironi’s artwork, the essential influence. This is clear especially in the concept of the figurative space and in the study of proportions. In particular, Tironi recalls elements of definitive break with traditional frontality of Greek sculpture, introduced by Lisippo at the end of fourth century BC. Looking at the revolution of the Apoxyómenos, Tironi characterizes his sculptures for the presence of many view points: his figures can be observed from different perspective, always perfectly balanced.
About the final outcome, there is nothing cold at all. An explosion of colors and trembling vitality characterizes Tironi’s sculptures, and the ludic, ironic sense of his artistic research makes him an authentic contemporary Arcimboldo. A joyful childhood world, of colors, of astonishment; a world made of small, unlimited pieces that transmit too many emotions and remember all the ages that we cross.