Go See – London: Michelangelo Pistoletto at Simon Lee Gallery through October 29, 2011

October 25th, 2011

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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Michelangelo Pistoletto, Lavoro – betoniera (2008-2011)

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.

Michelangelo Pistoletto, Lavoro – rotoli di passacavi (2008-2011)

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

Michelangelo Pistoletto, Lavatore – gru bianca (2008-2011)

Michelangelo Pistoletto, Lavatore – gru rossa (2008-2011)

Michelangelo Pistoletto, Lavatore – passacavi (2008-2011)

Michelangelo Pistoletto, Lavatore – cantiere (2008-2011)

Michelangelo Pistoletto, Lavatore – muratore (2008-2011)

Michelangelo Pistoletto, Lavatore – nastri segnaletici (2008-2011)

Michelangelo Pistoletto, Lavatore – trave di ferro (2008-2011)

- T. Sheena

Related Links:

Simon Lee Gallery [Exhibition Site]
Michelangelo Pistoletto [Artist Site]

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