Ghizzano, a town that is a work of art
Via di Mezzo, David Tremlett and the series of three sculptures in marble, neon, iron and steel inspired by the wonderful tabernacle by Benozzo Cozzoli
6 January 2022 / News
Middle Way, David Tremlett
Starting in the seventies from a minimal lexicon, during his career, David Tremlett (born in England in 1945 and resident in Bovingdon where he lives and works) has strengthened his interest in color until it becomes essential. It was the Via di Mezzo, with its anonymous character, so alien to the wonderful landscape that surrounds it, that attracted Tremlett's attention as he wandered around Ghizzano.
It is on this first attraction that the artist develops his project: a series of wall drawings on the facades of the houses . The colors are acrylic, of long resistance, and the tones are those of the Valdera hills, brown and green. A choice made to make the boundary between the
natural dimension and the less clear-cut urban one, linking Ghizzano more to the territory.
Against the monochromatic background of the facades, each window has been highlighted with short vertical and horizontal lines that create visual counterpoints and support the compositional structure.
The series of three sculptures in marble, neon, iron and steel are inspired by the marvelous tabernacle of Benozzo Cozzoli, who moved to Legoli in 1479, when the plague struck Pisa, the city where he was working. In particular, Patrick Tuttofuoco (born in Italy in 1974 and resident in Milan where he lives and works) draws inspiration from the details of some of the characters depicted: San Sebastiano, San Michele and San Giovanni. Tuttofuoco (assisted by a team of engineers and experts, such as Massimo d'Amelio and Massimiliano Buvoli) overturns and reworked the linguistic code of the pictorial work of a great Renaissance artist in a postmodern key, in order to obtain a new sculptural reality that feeds on dimension of the past.
Solidsky, Alicja Kwade
A work of great size and weight that nevertheless does not frighten but attracts. Made of Azul Macaubas, a stone from South America characterized by blue veins that turn blue in some points, the sculpture is composed of several elements: a large cubic block carved into it and divided into two parts, which deliberately shows the signs of imperfection of matter, and a sphere with a perfectly smooth surface.
The large void in the center of the cubic block suggests the origin of the sphere, which for completeness and perfection of form contrasts with the unfinished aspect of the block.
Although located at a distance from each other, these two sculptures are ideally linked together
them and they acquire full meaning only when they are related.
As the title suggests, the work is a clear reference to the universe and the celestial spheres: a planet thrown on the Earth by an invisible hand, becomes a mysterious and captivating presence in Ghizzano.