Broken Narratives of the Universe and the Mind

(an introduction to the work)


The mind, the  universe, sexuality and murder. Four pillars of a broken narrative focusing on cosmological darkness, the phenomenology of evil, the aesthetics of insanity, and the universal act of murder and explores the meaning of existence in a highly irrational and violent universe.

What are the open possibilities of figurative abstraction in painting, photography, narrative and experimental filmmaking? How can we tell a universal story when only broken narratives are left to us? 

The work develops in antithesis to conceptual practice. Images and hidden narratives are never planned in advance, but stem naturally from the experimental and performative act as a free flux of associations and endless destructions of previous layers of thought and work.  A highly irrational process reflecting the puzzling nature of the mind and the universe itself. 

The work immerses the viewer in a global stream of universal consciousness in which each piece contributes a still to a global deranged narrative that investigates the place of man within infinity and reveals, hopefully, some of its essence.


- Pietro Reviglio -




All the Colors of Cosmological Madness 

(notes on an artist's practice)


Color. Madness. The texture of cosmological darkness and its infinite possible worldlines. Beauty in horror and horror in beauty. Evil under the rising sun. 

Darkness. Swimming deeper into the stream of universal consciousness, surrounded by the colors of darkness, searching for a clue, a line that answers the questions emerging from the canvas. An undercurrent of color and doubt. A mirror shines light all around. The room is cold, immersed in silence. Reality and imagination blend. 

A musical piece builds on the canvas. Images come in a flux, a deranged narrratives, one harmonic at a time. Mankind. The massacre perpetrated  by the very universe that gave birth to nature. The flowers of darkness killing the body that nurtered them.

The brush performs its act. The camera will capture it. The canvas bleeds, so does the mirror.  It's an endless destruction of layer after layer, paint over paint, color on color. A process bearing the mark of the puzzling nature of nature itself. 

Someone will find the lost meaning within the canvas, the film, the photograph, sometime, someday.


Pietro Reviglio, London,  2017



Selected Writings and short stories (click for books, short stories, and more...)

 > Meeting Louise Bourgeois

 > The Cosmic Sucker

 > The Red Scream

 > Cinematography of Urban Madness



Selected critical essays for further reading:

Roberto Mastroianni: New York Interiors

Amalia Piccinini: Afterwords to Cinematography of Urban Madness

Maria Teresa Roberto: Guardiani del Tempo