SALVO, Se io disegno questo at Norma Mangione Gallery, Turin
“Se io disegno questo” (“If I draw this”) is a phrase from Della Pittura, a book written by Salvo in 1980 with 238 axiomatic propositions in the style of Wittgenstein’s Tractatus. Part of the text reflects on the relationship between seeing, knowing and thinking:
If I draw this
I know what will come to your mind.
But if I draw this,
I don’t know.
Salvo used to draw all the time, using the first paper he could get his hands on: newspapers, hotel stationery, writing paper, notebooks, and restaurant place mates. He used pencils, crayons and charcoal, but he particularly loved markers and biros, saying you had to be better with them because you can’t rub them out.
His drawings were mainly sketches, like notes recalling landscapes, and studies of individual figures and objects. In some cases they became the starting point for paintings, while in others they were just little gifts for friends. On some rare occasions they were more complete, coming close to his pictorial works. In all cases, however, it is clear that what they all had in common was joy and a compelling urge to draw.
About fifty drawings, dating from the early 1980s to the 2000s, will be on display in the exhibition. From the Archivio Salvo, they have never been shown before. The works are divided into the main themes that Salvo worked on during his career, such as capriccios, flowers, interiors with extraordinary functions, cities and mountain villages.
Norma Mangione Gallery – via Matteo Pescatore 17 10124 Torino
Opening 9 February 2017 from 6pm
10 February – 18 March 2017