Leonforte 1947 – Turin 2015
The painting production of Salvo has a conceptual matrix, although it draws from an archive of images informed by the history of art and his own personal fantasy. In 1972, he participated in the legendary Documenta 5 exhibition, curated by Harald Szeemann, only appearing in capital letters in the index of the catalogue without any reference to other pages of the book. A self-affirmation act reflected in the conceptual tension of his paintings, which not represent but provide accesses to the perception of the self and of the reality.
The works on display propose a psychedelic reading of Salvo’s work, interested in Aldous Huxley’s books and fan of the T.Rex’s glam rock. By means of a wise use of colors, the artist rethinks the genres of traditional Italian painting, immersing the viewer in unexpected chromatic trips. Volumes and surfaces crumble seamlessly through color transitions in which light is the absolute protagonist, re-enchanting and opening up new breaches in the perception of reality.