I apologize for the enthusiasm, but the story that we are telling you this time is different. First, because we can only be happy if an artisan opens, in times like these, when the widespread crisis pulls down all the shutters. Secondly, because in Certaldo we had the chance to see someone who really did something in support of handicraft. “Novelle di Creta”, the workshop of sculptures by Alberto Criscione, from Ragusa, which has just been opened, was encouraged by the City Hall, welcomed by the Director of Local Tourism through an official invitation for all the citizens.
Arte e riuso creativo, eco sostenibilità, educazione ambientale, sono solo alcune delle “parole chiave” che orientano in questi ultimi anni artisti e designer verso il recupero di rifiuti e materiali di scarto. Una necessità che diventa virtù? Oppure una sfida al servizio della creatività? Il fenomeno del riuso creativo è esploso in Europa, e non solo, con effetti sensazionali sul web: siti, blog, e-commerce, eventi che contano un seguito di persone in numeri sempre crescenti. Read More
Alberto has always been able to catch the light and the atmosphere that everyone can sense and breathe in this part of Italy. Growing up in his father’s workshop since childhood, bothering his father (as children do sometimes) while he was working, with concentration and patience, on his sculptures, Alberto developed not an adversity but a passion towards this art. The same big passion is leading him nowadays, when he works with enthusiasm and love everyday.
Giuseppe was a mentor and a teacher in a way that only a father can be to his son; the two sculptors sometimes wanted to work together, turning the clay into four hand extraordinary creations, as the Station of the Cross, shown at the S. Pietro Church in Ragusa. The tile where Alberto depicted the heartbreaking moment in which Jesus Christ gets crucified is extremely touching: the cry of pain of the Christ seems to come out of the tile, to become real through the clay itself and to penetrate our consciousness in such a devastating way.
Do not think that Alberto is a clone of his father. The technique is similar, but this young artist’s overall vision and interpretation of reality are very different. These works reveal a new slant, a search for shapes able to stick out and give a new look to his creations.
Pier Luigi Bombelli
from the monthly magazine “IL PRESEPIO”, Italian Association of Friends of the Crib # 222 June 2010
In his creative process, Alberto Criscione turns the vision, first, into drawing and then into sculpture. Of the two-dimensional space of the sketch, the artist gets the shape out, models it and, through the colors, he looks for its true core. His three-dimensional art expression, as we can finally find it in his works, conveys a really perturbing charisma. To better say, quoting the father of psychoanalysis, his works carry an “unheimlich” fascination, which is familiar but disturbing at the same time, as the return of the repressed (impeccably theorized by Sigmund Freud in his essay “the Uncanny”, 1919) is.
Alberto, in the sculpture “Riposo dalla fuga in Egitto”, shows his art at its highest level and describes, with great commitment, the beauty and the prudence of expression. Into this work, he places his conception of art, its modern art expression, the freshness of his language and his desire for peace. The result is a work of emotional intensity in which the chiaroscuro of the clay plays a significant role in this production of poetry.
Anna Malandrino – Ragusa Sottosopra 2009