LUIGI MILANI

LET’S SPEK THE ARTIST …!
It’s strange and pleasant the feeling we get when happens’, unexpectedly, what we where looking for, for so long time.
It’s what happened to me with “Bycicle Robber”.
I think that this indian diction telling: “ideas are in the air, ready to be picked”, is notably true.
During nearly twenty years I looked for how express myself in art in an original way,
which makes me feel emotions, and which, perhaps, should have a relation with an history, or even had itself a story.
I always worked in the figurative field, painting portraits and, in the same time, I always got this idea, this “obsession” of the originality which could move me.
I tested different ways, different “vein” of the art.
I realized original works, but wich didnt’ bring me the emotion I was waiting for.
Others brought me emotions, but seemed to be copied on other artists: like roads already opened and covered by others.
I thought about constantly, nothing to do, I could not make it good!
Until when, a day, I brought the bycicle of my wife under repair.
While I spoke with the mechanic, I saw he was changing an used tire, very used, by a new one.
I took this old tire in hands and felt something strange: my mind lights up and my brain began to run with fervor, as a thirsty traveller, seeing an oasis far away.
The mechanic spoke to me, but my mind was somewhere else, in an other dimension.
I thought then at who belonged this tire, which use did this one who used it.
Perhaps was he someone going to work?
Perhaps a mother escorting her child to school? Or someone used it to do shopping?
And then, and then, the most beautiful: I remembered to be a romantic gay, and so, I thought tha that he could be a lover using his bycicle to make escapade with his girl friend.
So, no doubt, I had to bring a bit of this material considered as waste, to be throwed away.
I asked to the mechanic if he could give me some old tires and he told me to help myself in the back-shop, where he stored the wastes, and told me that if I could take all it away, I rendered him a service.
In fact, to tell what I discovered in this “mountain” of tires is not evident.
What was looking like scum for every body, was for me a real factory of emotions, what a wonderful think that to think at all the stories which were there, in this mountain of rubber.
And I don’t tell you what was my emotion when I took in hands a tire of little diameter, from a bycicle of a child.
This was the moment the more affecting because I imagined the jumps of joy, of happiness and all the kisses he should have given to his parents who offered him his first bycicle, wished by so long time.
And then, I smiled, in my heart, thinking to the cryings of his first falls.
Mamma mia! How many emotions there?
(I should have told it aloud, without knowing it, because the mechanic told me: “pardon!” nothing I answered him).
To conclude, I finally found what I was looking for a so long time.
A simple and banal used tire, full of stories and emotions.
It sufficed to touch it to understand.
Since I’m working on “Bycicle Rubber”, I didn’t become old anymore.
And since, on my calendar, all the days are marked with a green sign.
The green sign is a so simple thing to do: put a green sign on each day you made at least one pleasant think.
And then, for all this days, you’ll not become older; more days how not to think to this sentence of F. Nietsche: “Life without music is simply an error, a fatigue, an exile” signed with green you’ll get and less you’ll become old.

Luigi Milani

UN SUCCESSO DELL’ARTISTA RODIGINO LUIGI MILANI A PALAZZO ZENOBIO
Yes, we bike. Sulle strade italiane si stima ne girino già 25 milioni, con oltre 3 milioni di ciclisti abituali (secondo Confindustria Ancma).
Sobria, interclassica, chic, ecologica: la bicicletta ha invaso le città, gli eventi e persino i discorsi degli italiani, diventando, silenziosamente ma implacabilmente il simbolo di una rivoluzione culturale. Luigi Milani, artista rodigino ne ha preso la parte più importante: i copertoni delle ruote, li ha e li taglia sapientemente a pezzettini e li accosta l’un l’altro, come solo lui sa fare, creando alla fine un mosaico, una vera opera d’arte ed a pieno titolo, un evento quando si presenta al pubblico.
Dopo il vernissage di successo, con titolo ‘Ladri di biciclette’, appunto per l’utilizzo dei pneumatici, nella Galleria Selective Art a Parigi di Mario Rizzardo e Gabriella Artoni, anch’essi rodigini, è poi stato a Firenze, ad Arte fiera di Genova, alla Galleria ARTissima di Silvia Prelz ad Abano Terme e successivamente, con una personale, alla galleria di Brescia.
“In bike we trust” (nella bici abbiamo fiducia) il motto del recentissimo Fuori Salone di Milano, dove le due ruote sono state protagoniste degli happening più glam, e si può affermare anche per Luigi Milani giunto al nuovo e prestigioso traguardo, Palazzo Zenobio venerdì scorso, ne è stato protagonista con l’inaugurazione di ‘Ladri di bicilcette’ catalizzando l’attenzione di tutti anche degli altri artisti presenti ad esporre le loro opere, un successo!
Presente all’iniziativa il presidente del Conservatorio Musicale “F. Venezze” nonché presidente della Casa di Cura “Citta di Rovigo, il professor Ilario Bellinazzi che, con la riconosciuta competenza, ha commentato come segue le opere di Milani esposte: “Una matericità creativa, innovativa fortemente chiaro scurale, nell’apparente omogeneità cromatica. Il risultato conseguito è da ritenersi a dir poco ‘rivoluzionario’, un’innovazione così pregnante di creatività e fantasia, ha oggi, pochi riscontri in Italia. Il sentimento che ha spinto l’artista a presentarsi alla critica ed al pubblico rivela un profondo amore per la ricerca nell’arte di nuovi scenari, nuovi spazi, nuove prospettive. Il percorso che Milani andrà a fare non potrà che essere ricco di soddisfazioni per l’affermazione certa a livello nazionale ed internazionale.” ha concluso.

‘Elogio della bicicletta’ scritto da Ivan Illich dove teorizza una ‘ristrutturazione sociale dello spazio che faccia continuamente sentire ognuno che il centro del mondo è proprio lì dove egli sta, cammina e vive’ e l’arte di Luigi Milani ha portato la sua città, Rovigo al centro delle capitali dell’arte: Venezia e Parigi e sicuramente con altre mete ancor più prestigiose.

Stefania Sgardiolo
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