Looking Inwards

In Order to “See Beyond”

Renato Meneghetti is one of the few eclectic artists working with energy and creativity in the international art scene. 

His incredible talent for the Fine Arts, which has distinguished him since his teen years in Vicenza and Bassano del Grappa, goes hand in hand with a unique intellectual flexibility. 

Like a Renaissance man, for over sixty years he has been constantly and skilfully exploring painting, photography, digital art, music, theatre, cinema, sculpture, architecture, design, installations, and video art.

In 1968, Lucio Fontana, famous for encouraging younger artists, noted in Milan that Meneghetti, in his series Fagocitatrici, was able to feel that "man is overwhelmed by the machine that he has created."

The master of Spatialism thus recognized Meneghetti’s innate analytical skills, which still characterize his artistic journey

At the time, Meneghetti was laying the foundations for an art that, far from being ephemeral, would allow him to look inwards in order to ‘see beyond’.

Indeed, all of his interdisciplinary explorations revolve around the ability to focus on introspection, in a journey where outward appearances and the inner depths of the human being are seen as symbiotic.

Put differently, Meneghetti investigates the conflict in today’s society between the outward and the inward, and he does so by means of a detailed and in-depth analysis aimed at grasping elements and aspects of the ‘unknown beyond’, which US writer Howard Phillips Lovecraft viewed as a fantastic, immaterial place that exists in the universe and, therefore, in all of us.

The only useful tool to outline this impalpable situation is radiography

In 1979 a personal event led Meneghetti to analyze numerous X-rays. This kindled his creativity, and he entered a new phase of his artistic career.

In medical science, radiography (Röntgen 1895) allows obtaining a photographic image of parts of the body through which X-rays have been transmitted.

On the other hand, in the field of art restoration, the X-ray radiography of artworks was introduced by Forbes in the early 1920s, in order to facilitate the study of paintings.

As noted by Gillo Dorfles, Achille Bonito Oliva and Vittorio Sgarbi, Renato Meneghetti has been the first artist to use this imaging technique for truly expressive purposes.

This is because, in his case, it becomes a means to visually emphasize what normal human vision is unable to see.

Through artistic manipulation, radiography thus becomes a sort of sonar that measures and probes the depths of the human soul.

Like a skilled portraitist, Meneghetti investigates presences and truths of what is real within human bodies, objects, animals, fruit, and trees.

Over the years, further techniques such as ultrasound and CT scanning, magnetic resonance imaging, scintigraphy, and tomography have further expanded his analysis


Story Source:

ArtStyle Magazine ~ ArtStyle_WinterSpring2018_Singole

Article Title: "Renato Meneghetti Guardare Dentro per Vedere Oltre" by Alain Chivilò


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