Last night I attended the closing reception of his works at the Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA).
What a great opportunity this exhibit provided seeing one of his sculptures in person is uncommon, here were 12!
Even more enlightening to me, were the 30 drawings and 55 photographs.
He chose his materials with this intention that light should combine with the surface to create the form. The play of light on the surface, used to produce an effect of color, is a key element in the finished piece.
His aim was to integrate the object with the atmosphere.
The tension between materiality and perception are the true subject matter of these works.
and form-less, until one notices the beautifully modeled baby's hand and suddenly the baby's head and the mother's breast appears.
I felt I was getting a lesson when I looked at these drawings.
They are completely atmospheric, including detail only to convey the sense of place.
At first, observing that he staged the sculptures under different lighting conditions I thought he was using photography as a straightforward, decision making tool for a work in progress.
Then I saw that he took photographs of his photographs and that he manipulated the photographs themselves.
Looking at the exhibit as a whole, considering the drawings and photographs in conjunction with the sculptures, it was easy to see the fascination he had with ephemera, material and perception.
All in all a fascinating exhibit.