Magazine article Artforum International

Galleria Gian Carla Zanutti: Davide Bertocchi. (Reviews)

Magazine article Artforum International

Galleria Gian Carla Zanutti: Davide Bertocchi. (Reviews)

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The three works Davide Bertoccbi presented here were each quite different but were subtly linked by an idea. In the gallery's single room, what first struck the viewer was Nucleo (Nucleus; all works 2000), a large sphere in dark fiberglass-reinforced plastic. On its surface, at eye level, was a hole large enough to accommodate the viewer's head. The interior of the sphere was completely dark, and this "portable abyss" (the artist's own words) could be experienced as long as one remained silent. As soon as there was any sound, a distinct echo reverberated, due to an acoustical device inserted within the sphere. Thus the abyss became animated, artificially but--and precisely because of this artificiality--in highly suggestive fashion. Orbite (Orbits), on the back wall of the space, was formed by the projection of four laser beams. If projected in isolation, each ray would have described a stable figure in the form of a perfectly symmetrical arabesque. But the superimposition implied figures in continuous motion , resulting in a protean organism in a perennial state of becoming. The third work, Propulsori (Propellers), consisted of ten photographs illustrating the artist's attempts to construct a perpetual-motion mechanism. The photographs showed two burners linked to each other by a metal axle and placed atop a tripod. The flames from the burners, fed by fuel, pushed the axle to rotate, like an action resulting from two opposing thrusts. The mechanism was deliberately rough-looking, and the artist's intent ironic, with the whole setup suggesting a useless, antieconomic activity, based on pure expenditure. …

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