Michelangelo Pistoletto, Lavatore – impalcatura (2008-2011). All images via Simon Lee Gallery.
His second exhibition at Simon Lee Gallery, Michelangelo Pistoletto uses a process-as-product aesthetic to address themes of production, labor, and inevitably, deconstruction. The exhibition, titled Lavoro (Italian for to work or to operate), displays objects of construction as a means of revealing the art inherent to the tools that produce it, revisiting the artist’s fascination with ideas of assembly and process, and the socio-political implications thereof.
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A cement truck, frozen in time, takes on new life as a symbol of emergence and determination through economic hardship; a pile of tires lay dormant, as the negative space around them is permeated and, by virtue of that, creates a sense of hope and wonder regarding man’s power to create and destroy.
Pistoletto began painting in 1962 and has made a career displaying the art of impoverished objects. His signature mirror paintings were a pioneering effort in his early work and still remain a large part of his repertoire. In this latest exhibition, images of mechanization—cranes, ladders, tires—are silkscreened in a juxtaposition of textures against the stainless steel of the mirror.ui
- T. Sheena