curated by Luca Beatrice
Before being a job or an art, painting is discipline. A daily need that requires careful thought, exercise, method – a practice that becomes a necessity. In contrast to other languages, painting can also exist without specific planning, as instinct and talent add up to thought and theory. The former cannot work without the latter, and only by putting them together can the artistic mechanism function. This explains the scarcity of genuinely interesting and brave painters.
In my conversations with Paolo Bini about this exhibition, we discussed its title at length. Having dismissed all the options in English, I decided to concentrate on the space the activity of painting has in his life: it’s his job, his passion, his curiosity, the challenge that he constantly poses to himself before anyone else. He discusses it, queries, seeks opinions – he gently and promptly updates you on his works in progress, voices his doubts, engages in conversations, listens, ponders. The result always comes as a surprise. Painting, day after day, is the existential condition of Paolo Bini, the outcome of his haunting investigation and his contagious and overwhelming humanity. The Life of P., we could say, to paraphrase the title of a great film.More information