Magazine article Sculpture

MACRO (Museo d’Arte Contemporanea)

Magazine article Sculpture

MACRO (Museo d’Arte Contemporanea)

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Rome

Alfredo Pirri

Alfredo Pirri's recent exhibition, "i pesci non portano fucili" ("Fish Don't Carry Guns"), was curated by Benedetta Carpi De Resmini and Ludovico Pratesi. The show was the final stage of a project with the same name initiated in November 2016 with an exhibition ("RWDFWD") at Pirri's studio/archive. Pirri chose the title as a tribute to Philip K. Dick's The Divine Invasion (1981), which imagines an unarmed society, fluid like the open sea, where one can be immersed and re-emerge, giving shape to multiform events. Pirri's twist is to propose a new model of cultural networking in which participating institutions are autonomous but in constant dialogue.

"i pesci non portano fucili" brought together 50 of Pirri's most important works from the 1980s to the present, emphasizing his rhythmic alternation between fluidity and firmness, where rapid changes of technique become an allegory of mental shifts. Over the years, Pirri has experimented with everything from painting and sculpture to video and performance, but regardless of medium, space, color, and light have remained constant themes-all serve his conception of the spacetime relationship, mediated by the process that leads to the artwork.

The show opened with Quello che avanza (That Which Advances, 2017), 144 cyanotype prints investigating intense variations of blue. Fourteen of these are the result of a unique process, with feathers directly impressed onto the prepared sheets. Other highlights included Gas (198990), which combines conceptual and Minimalist elements to evoke the invisible matter that permeates atmospheric space; Squadre plastiche (Plastic Teams, 1987-88), whose painted colors reverberate on the wall like live energy; Verso N (Toward N, 2003), an installation in which fragments compose an imaginary horizon, a spiritual landscape crossed by beams of light that radiate into space; and La stanza di Penna (Pennas Room, 1999), made up of book covers arranged to create an urban skyline bathed in dim light recalling the colors of a sunset. …

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