GOD'S DICE by Mario de Candia and Patrizia Ferri - 2010

In "Zibaldone", Giacomo Leopardi speaks more than once about imagery. He observes that the poet should not place two images of the same thing side by side. For example, someone who has never contemplated the world is not able to appreciate the image that the poet provides or quote a passage of Virgilio, from the "Georgiche", to show that an image is much more beautiful when it has just appeared, and so "obliges the soul, pleasurably, to act and not leave it in idleness". It would be simpler to look at the world without worrying about making comparisons, or finding something that is similar to what has happened before our own eyes. It's strange, this need to compare, to immediately say "it's like another one, similar to another, it reminds me of another one". It's like playing a game, shattering the mirror of reality and in each fragment only seeing ourselves. But art is a flash of images, fragmented or contrasting and, especially, images that are always at work. The history of abstraction is long and varied. Deciding on where it all began involves some element of interpretation, but always tested by different approaches and means, and sometimes, in contrast to, the freedom of colour and form, and their camouflaging role, as in when the subject's realism is abandoned. In Adele Lotito's works, in general, the formal and linguistic elements are dynamically placed in an artistic space with clear references to abstract art. In this particular work, there are an individual quality and a personal and characteristic spirtuality that go beyond formalism and occupy the centre. This peculiar feature of Lotito's work makes use of the specific connotations of the formal language of abstraction, but does not see abstract art from analytical or historical viewpoints or considerations. On the contrary, her approach is quite independent and, in her choice of expression (smoke, letters, numbers), almost flippant. She makes use of attractive elements from within the language of abstraction and combines them into a new way of "painting", giving expression to an aesthetic sense and value, that is entirely modern and contemporary. Lotito insists on the immanent power in every image. She relies on the effectiveness of her work, on the visual image as a means to produce a psycho-active reaction that, with its compositions and themes is able to spark mental and emotional processes beyond the normal and secular sphere. Just like dispersing the smoke that envelopes our world, closed in a cage.