the tuscan city of pietrasanta has been handled to a public exhibition that includes the monumental works of the sculptor fabio viale. the artist, who’s extensively identified for his tattooed marble sculptures, was invited by pietrasanta’s mayor to show a sequence of works conceived in dialogue with the city’s historic city material. titled ‘really’, the exhibition has been curated by enrico mattei, and was held throughout pietrasanta’s most picturesque public areas, together with its piazza del duomo and the 14th century church of sant’agostino. responding to the continuing pandemic, fabio viale interprets the which means of our interval of enforced isolation, premiering — amongst different works — his sculpture ‘the three graces’ throughout the church.
all photographs: set up view, really by fabio viale, pietrasanta 2020
courtesy l’artista e galleria poggiali | photograph credit score © nicola gnesi
in really, an exhibition produced with the help of the galleria poggiali, viale responds to the brand new iconography to which we’re all topic — face masks. the artist symbolically expresses the theme via the sculpture ‘the three graces’, set throughout the church of sant’agostino. made in white marble and that includes detailed material, the topics depict three girls originating from ghardaïa, a metropolis in algeria. right here the ladies put on the normal haik, a unfastened, white, full-length garment wrapped across the head and physique, leaving just one eye uncovered. having visited town of ghardaïa on one in every of his frequent travels, viale says that he wished for the paintings to focus consideration on the problem of denied freedom and, on the identical time, on the clichéd notion of this concept that westerners have.
the positioning of ‘the three graces’ within the church highlights its mystical and symbolic vitality, and additional seeks to stimulate a dialog across the points of private, non secular and meditative freedom. this concept can be mirrored in its juxtaposition with ‘stargate’, a sculpture made out of arabescato marble from mount altissimo. comprising two monumental fruit crates joined along with a small hole left in between, the sculpture turns into each a passage and a boundary — themes related to outcomes of latest spirituality and emancipation.
‘underlying viale’s work, there may be at all times a respectful information of matter, a virtuous relationship between method and poetry, supplies and instruments, man and nature that he has cultivated through the years,’ says sergio risaliti, director of the museo novecento of florence and writer of an essay within the exhibition catalogue. ‘that is what has led him to excellent a inventive course of that has as its objective, internet of different issues, the enhancement of the formal properties of the stone and the conceptual and figurative qualities of the human creativeness.’
highlights of the works on view within the piazza embrace: ‘memento david’ — a monumental portrayal of michelangelo’s david upon which viale has experimented with a brand new kind of tattoo for the primary time; a big torso impressed by the ‘torso belvedere’; and an authentic work, a torso impressed by the ‘torso gaddi’ created in collaboration with inventive director marcelo burlon. this marble floor is tattooed with burlon’s well-known motifs, making a dynamic mixture of pure components and modern stylistic expression.
see extra by viale on designboom here, together with a sequence of works made from polystyrene, rubber and plastics, and browse our interview with the artist the place he discusses his tattooed marble works here.