Fotodiario dagli USA

Eccoci in viaggio negli USA: Nevada (Las Vegas, Hoover Dam), Arizona (Grand Canyon, Painted Desert, Petrified Forest, Flagstaff), New Mexico (Santa Fe, Sky City Acoma Pueblo, Taos), Colorado (Fairplay-South Park), Wyoming (Cheyenne), South Dakota (Rapid City, Black Hills, Rushmore Mountain, Crazy Horse Mountain) e infine Nebraska (Grand Island, Lincoln) e come ultima tappa la città di Omaha, ospiti da Vera e Marc Mercer, in attesa di incontrare il Maestro calligrafo Yu Jihan per la mostra che inaugureremo tra pochi giorni.

Con Simona, abbiamo percorso in macchina più di 2500 miglia in una settimana, ecco alcune immagini dei luoghi visitati.

                                          Las Vegas
                                         Hoover Dam

                                         Grand Canyon
                                          Petrified Forest
                                          Sky City Acoma Pueblo
                                         Fairplay-South Park
                                         Crazy Horse Mountain
                                          Rushmore Mountain
                                          Grand Island



Garden of the Zodiac Gallery
1042 1/2 Howard St. - Omaha, NE 68102, USA

Yu Jihan / Paolo Dolzan


Curated by Fulvio de Pellegrin
Adam Price
Executive Director of
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha (NE) USA
Paolo Sabbatini, Gu Yuan, Fulvio de Pellegrin, Paolo Dolzan
China-Italian Exchange Center of Shanghai


- The big black is a silent dialogue between Paolo Dolzan and Yu Jihan, a conversation of two masters on art and spatial distance. A distance that not only deals with the authors’ biography and geography: the contrast is between the Italian research in a figurative abstraction and an informal research of the sign. However, if you look beyond the Cartesian geometry, the outer limits of a single path - one in the signifier and the other in the meaning - find a point of contact in infinity, a match. So, black is their land of dialogue and understanding, perhaps sealed by the very mysterious incomprehension of the universe of signs and its contemplation. But black, the non-colour, also has a very ancient alchemical meaning: It is the colour of the "black work", of nigredo. The stage of purification, the first step into the alchemical pathway.
Dolzan’s unnamed portraits then bring on stage the pathway, the mysterious act of thinking, the matter that becomes conscious and capable of watching its own blurred face; expression, instead, is almost absent in the works by the Chinese master: The painting act becomes an abstract dance followed by the bear sign left on the white surface. A sign that is both painted and written, decidedly linked to ideographic Chinese language.
These two paintings are an interesting experiment of complementarity among cultures and viewpoints: Both inextricably tied to the history of their respective countries. These two researches look at darkness from different viewpoints, and yet they are both able to lead one to the crack, to the light in the bottom.
Both artists prefer the monochrome, where black is in itself a palette of shades; "Contrary to" they testify to Casella’s remark on the piano’s middle C, which contains in itself the harmonics of all other notes. Indeed, how can we but think of the white keyboard of such a classical instrument - as opposed to the shiny black of semitones – signs that wait to be beaten and stand as the beams of a fence, to remain in the moment of their rising and falling trajectories?
The Chinese tradition tells of calligraphers who, after years of practice, became the masters of the "Big Black", that is, they came to recreate the Universe on the ephemeral surface of impalpable rice paper, a difficult, elusive, mercurial and unpredictable medium - as the sky in the mind of a young woman.
Master Yu has tangibly conquered the Black of ink and the White of paper, recreating the coincidence of opposites in a Taoist duality.
On it travel the works of the Master and my very actions, which give reason for my Chinese name:
(Ni Bolu): bailiff of his people, he who shows the way on the Ocean’s ways.
Paolo Sabbatini
Director, Area for Cultural Promotion, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy
Counsellor for the Arts, Municipality of Shanghai Jing’an, China
Counsellor, Hangzhou-Bujian Technological District, China
Counsellor, Shanghai Theatre Academy, China
Counsellor, Liu Hai Hsu Museum, Shanghai, China
Expert for Italian Opera, Shanghai Grand Theatre, China