Oriano Galloni received his artistic training in Carrara, Italy, a marble and stone town rich in a sculptural history dating back to Classical Rome. Indeed, with the spirit of the Rennaisance and Classical periods still very much in the air, Galloni, through his sculptures, has pursued the human body in its most natural state. With Silent Souls, a series of sculptures now on display at ABC Stone in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the artist continues to find his own space within those traditions.
Each beautifully crafted figure—silent and elegant—achieves a perfect, aesthetic harmony. The white body of a man, constructed from several horizontal stratas reaching skyward, conveys the ideal of the evolution of the soul and its purity. The contours of the figure’s torso and arms are elegantly defined by softly undulating lines. An androgynous face stares out, as though from a loftier or heavenly plane, unmistakably fusing the mortal and spiritual worlds. Galloni has paid particular attention to the faces of Silent Souls, where he renders in realistic detail the qualities of perfection, endurance, and time—Eternity itself.
In My Cat Loves the Moon ( 2007), a combination of wood, marble and aluminum neatly represents the modern world. The strong contours of a wooden torso suggest liveless and vitality. The legs, long and slender, transmit energy. The walking male figure stands on one foot slightly forward evoking a lively dynamism. The full, rounded face–more an oval than a circle–reveals an aloof personality, almost unaturally self-possessed.
On closer inspection, however, one observes that the rigidity of geometric and symmetric details reveals the artist’s sensitivity and exquisite skill.
Following the New York exhibition, Silence Souls will travel to Art basel in Miami. Additionally, Galloni will help launch the nonprofit Art for India USA with 30 sculptures at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, in April/2012.