Francesco Zavattari by Massimiliano Bisazza

Massimiliano Bisazza reviews Francesco Zavattari’s personal exhibit “Universo instabile” 
(Unstable Universe)
June 11 – 24, 2014   -  Statuto13  Gallery -  Brera, Milano

“The work of art may have a moral effect, but to demand moral purpose from the artist is to make him ruin his work.     
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

Francesco Zavattari’s paintings are a convergence of lights born from the union existing between art and design, both present in his life, both focal points of his creativity.  
His lines are childlike scribbles, and he uses manifold techniques such as pastels, lithography, charcoal, sanguines, and others.  Richness of expression is achieved through a winning combination that moves from stylistic elements of abstractionism to those of proto-primitive figures.  Never surrendering to comic book style, Zavattari’s compositions are brimming with movement and instability; they are almost an intellectual frenzy.
Conceptualism with moralistic ends is not present, as aptly described by Goethe’s quote at the incipit.  On the contrary, Francesco expresses all his moods with impetus thanks to an innate sensitivity and passion for his work and an undisguised desire to confront and freeze his and others’ perceptions and life experiences.  
The rhythms manifested in his artistic work are often fast – too fast – almost   disorientating the viewer (note the use of timepieces, symbols of the passage of time).  Nothing, however, is left to chance.  Francesco leaves the beholder free to perceive and interpret his work at will  without imposing his personal point of view, sometimes thought to be too personal, to the extent that his particular style of art cannot be pinpointed. 
Jean Cocteau liked to repeat:  “Art is science made clear” but in Zavattari’s work, this is not the case.  His pieces seem to scream out the exact opposite:  “Nothing is ever clear, if anything, intimate and personal”.  
We live in an era in which the extraordinary development of the mobility of people and goods, the digitalization of means of communication and knowledge, the flow of migrants and economic processes ever more global , have radically transformed the perception of territory, limits, and boundaries.  On the basis of the instability of these fundamental concepts used to define the identity of man, two roads lie before us, not necessarily moving in opposite directions.  One road leads to refuge found in the safety and closeness of the micro-territory, region, and even family.  The other leads to a new conception of cosmopolitanism in its most democratic and egalitarian sense (op. cit. Ulrich Beck).  This unpredictable certainty seems to whirl round and about in the graphic symbols in Francesco Zavattari’s art.
Having had a number of showings in Italy and in well-known galleries of Madrid, Francesco’s  next exhibit will be held in the Statuto13 Gallery located in the Brera District of Milan. The Brera district is the beating heart of the innovative and contemporary art scene in Italy. 
“Universo instabile” is a project which, therefore, expresses all this and much more.  When observing the pieces of the exhibit, it is up to you, the viewer,  to experience first-hand their innermost meanings, metaphorically trying to find those sensations that connect with  your personal reality or “unstable” existence. 

“Everyone’s destiny:  instability.”   (Philip Roth)

Translated by Eleanor Pieruccini