The title Derive refers to the geological theory that explains the detachment of all the continents from one undifferentiated landmass. A source common to all gives origin to plurality; in the same way, each element derived conserves imprint and traces of its origin. Derive offers a metaphor for an artistic journey prompted by conscious personal impulses and environmental effects not calculated previously, as evidenced by the works on display created during a decade’s investigation: from his older works to the Germogli. E di stelle cycle, from the works on paper in the Humus series to his more recent research, limited for reasons of space to only around fifteen works never see before.
In the curator’s words, «the show presents the slow progressive development of an artistic practice and its abandonment of iconic stylemes in favor of fluid painting distinguished by an attention focused more on executive processuality. Baricchi’s research has, in fact, evolved from the wavy, barely outlined figuration of his beginnings into a free and at times anarchic painting characterized by recurring elements, shimmering patterns, and minimal, flattened areas of color. The artist has shifted his attention from the depiction of subjects in works of painting as language to a search for a surface sufficient in itself in which visual tensions are balanced by the equilibrium of the parts in play.»
Derive is being organized in collaboration with Galleria Cardelli & Fontana and features a catalogue in Italian/English to be presented during the show (Startè – Brain editions).
A workshop for children will be held under the show’s auspices on Saturday 20 May 2017, with Dynamo Camp ( www.dynamocamp.org ), Italy’s only Recreational Therapy structure, which hosts minors whose lives have been compromised by disease, an organization with which Mirko Baricchi worked, together with many other acclaimed artists.
Mirko Baricchi was born in La Spezia in 1970. After high school, he attended the Palazzo Spinelli Art and Restoration Institute. He began working as an illustrator in Mexico. Upon returning to Italy at the end of the 90s, he decided to dedicate his attention exclusively to painting. He currently lives and works between Vicenza and La Spezia. His most important shows in include 2016: Biennale Disegno Rimini, Museo della Città, Rimini; Il segreto dei Giusti, Museo Il Correggio, Correggio; Archè. Ben prima del nome chiamato, Atipografia, Arzignano (Vi). 2015: Humus, Galleria San Ludovico, Pinacoteca Stuard, Parma; Humus, Galleria Fabrice Galvani, Toulouse (F); [dis]appunti, Museo Arte Contemporanea, Lissone (Mb); Close-Up, Palazzo Collicola Arti Visive, Spoleto (Pg); Maggese, Galleria Il Vicolo, Milano; Treviso a Dante, Palazzo Giacomelli, Treviso. 2014: Mus-e Museum, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio della Spezia, La Spezia; Premio Terna, Archivio di Stato, Torino; Imago, Museo della Città, Chiari (Bs). 2013: Boston-Como, Como. 2012: Germogli. e di stelle, Cardelli & Fontana, Sarzana (Sp). 2011: De Rerum, Galerie Fabrice Galvani, Toulouse (F); Rendez-vous con Mirko Baricchi, Galleria Bianconi, Milano. 2010: De Rerum, Galeria Barcelona, Barcellona (E); Melting pot, LA Artcore, Los Angeles (USA). 2009: Fuori tema, Galleria L’Ariete, Bologna; Il Diavolo e l’Acquasanta, Palazzo Paolo V, Benevento. 2008: Premio Cairo, Museo della Permanente, Milano; Finestra sul Golfo, CAMeC, La Spezia; Cloudy, Cardelli & Fontana, Sarzana (Sp). 2007: Pinocchio - Mimmo Paladino/Mirko Baricchi, Galerie Fabrice Galvani, Toulouse; L'alibi dell'oggetto - Morandi e gli sviluppi della natura morta in Italia, Fondazione Ragghianti, Lucca. His works are included in the following collections: CAMeC – centro arte moderna e contemporanea, Battolini Collection, La Spezia; Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio della Spezia, La Spezia; Civica Raccolta del Disegno – MuSa, Museo di Salò (BS).