I have always had enthusiasm for the Bargello, but a protracted and consistently active participation through drawing for over a year has slowly opened my awareness to the low frequency pulsation of the place. The “category” of a Renaissance and Medieval mausoleum to be revered has given way to that of a silent circus in which each sculpture projects the qualities of human emotion, intelligence, dignity, imagination and relationship to the continuum that the visitors rarely do. The collective low frequency hum is a very soft song that reminds me not of how far we’ve come, but of how far we’ve fallen.
Based in Italy, artist Gene Baldini received an MFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BFA from the University of Illinois. Baldini was artist in residence at Harriman State Park in New York and has been the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and the Hellen Frankel Award as well as other prizes. Baldini has participated in prestigious public exhibitions in Italy, Europe, North America and many parts of the world, including international print biennales. Baldini’s work is held in private collections around the world.