Manuel Cargaleiro: «Ogni vedere è aver visto» (EN version)
Fernando Pessoa said a man’s gaze is at the same time perception and the (insidious) variation of
the visual experience, as well as the revealing intuition of Reality. A nostalgic look, that of Manuel Cargaleiro, who abandons himself to his expressive imagination with colors like blue-white, blue- green, blue and a pale gray somewhere between green and blue.
This is the look that Cargaleiro landing on the Amalfi Coast in the late nineties, has brought on to the scene that overlooks the sea of Vietri, a coastline that has become a place for the teacher to explore its common iconographic heritage of mythologies, of archaic signs , finding those tiles that light up the cathedral of St. John, those features of his beloved city, the azulejos blue tiles of Lisbon, the lack of a solution to the spaces, the uneven terrain and buildings that descend towards the harbor.
Cargaleiro’s artwork is influenced by the fundamental Parisian experiences of the artist in the early fifties, in the Ecole de Paris (the wonderful memories of his encounter with Picasso ) that reveals an imagination more ideal than existential, which refuses to compromise, preferring to abandon itself to the mystical “flow” of things.
In the ceramic works in this exhibition, courtesy of the Festival of Ravello celebrating his eighty five years, the teacher tries to replace canvas with the surface of the clay, revealing the bright transparency of the glazes, a shape or form conditioned by the position of the light; of course, comparing it to canvas with its controlled creative process, ceramics are bound by the fire’s will, a troubling uncertainty that the artist is fully aware of and which he uses to refer to images suspended between the earthly world and the spiritual world.
The artist-traveler Cargaleiro’s constant search of what is incomprehensible, yet beautiful, continues to offer us a privileged point of view, trying to give “a soul to every state of mind. “