Interactions of light and space are evidently and intriguingly considered in divergent works by Nanda Vigo
, Alberto Biasi
, and Turi Simeti
. Vigo’s Cronotopo
(1967), a spare construction made from panels of glass and mirrors, a metal frame, and a lighting element, is representative of her investigations into the links between time and space. Playing with reflection and transparency, both of which change depending on the viewer’s vantage point and the environment where it is displayed, the work is a glowing, optical vision. Perhaps most successful at optical effects, though, are the works by Alberto Biasi. These mesmerizing, layered compilations of PVC board, cut into thin strips and applied over a swirling composition of black-and-white lines, challenge the viewer’s perception. These works, like White Rain
(1993), also change with movement, engaging with kinetic art. Alternately, Simeti’s works, marked by the use of small oval forms, challenge the resilience of the painted canvas. In his works these oval forms push through the picture frame, creating new planes to reflect light. Literally pushing material limits, works like Forma
(1968) appear to capture a force behind the canvas, which is eager to break through its surface and test its constitution.