quick-drying cement and cabbage-butterfly, 112 elements
21.02.09 | 11.05.09
Serie di merli disposti a intervalli regolari lungo gli spalti di una muraglia ( Serie di merli disposti a intervalli regolari lungo gli spalti di una muraglia
1971 - 1993
Io che prendo il sole a Torino il 19 Gennaio 1969
1969 / 1992
Caterina Boetti collection
Io che prendo il sole a Torino il 19 Gennaio 1969 is a representation/duplication of the artist’s body. We can see the shape of his body lying on the ground, catching the unexpected rays of a winter sun in Turin, the economically flourishing city. The work is made from different pieces of fast-drying cement which are marked by the artist’s hand-print. A cabbage-white butterfly completes the picture, emphasizing the psychic vitality of this body which is receptive but in no way inert, despite indulging in an activity which is completely useless and of little worth. The fact that time and place are specified in the title indicates that the artist was already interested in dates and calendars and reflection on the silent life of the body, aspects the artist would develop in the Seventies.
The work is not simply about the space a body occupies but relates it closely to the artist’s persona. That is why the critic Nicolas Bourriaud interpreted it as an “ironic response to the ceremonies of body art” (1992). It reminds us of how Dennis Oppenheim used a suntan in 1970 in Reading Position for a Second Degree Burn. The artist lay stretched out on the sand in the sun for 5 hours with only a book called Tattica to protect himself from the rays then documented the pattern of his sunburn.
I always find myself talking about the notion of double, which […] is present in all my work. The truth is that it is a natural reality: it is incontrovertible that a cell ...
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