Aberto Cavalieri. Fragmented Knot
The solo exhibition Fragmented Knot consists of fifteen sculptures and twelve digital drawings continuing Cavalieri’s examination of knots, a recurrent theme in his work. The show will be the first Miami exhibition of recent works selected by the artist that have never before been exhibited. The artist will travel for the exhibition opening vernissage where the catalogue, with an essay by Janet Batet, art writer and curator, will be presented. The show will continue through May 27, 2012.
“Ever since I began making art, I’ve been interested in the physical and mechanical aspects of objects, as well as the three-dimensional forms they take on in my work. I find sculpture is the best means of resolving and turning the conceptual problems I deal with into tangible forms. I take an intense approach to my work because I want it to be big, both in terms of ambition and actual size. My sculptures are part of a research process in which each work leads on to the next. I work in a variety of different ways and my creative process changes and evolves as I go along.
My work is mainly interested to challenge our physical laws and alter our sense of logic, bending and transforming materials to create the impression that the works are not man-made. I create sinuous, contorting steel forms that outline spaces in an organic way, which knot together easily, can integrate with architecture and that appear to be levitating. I like my works to dialogue with the spaces they inhabit and create out of place rhythms that contrast to the horizontal and vertical ways we order our Cartesian conception of space. To create the sculptures I have had to develop my own techniques and tools and try out different processes that range from hi-tech, numerical control to old fashioned and elementary steelwork.
Metal allows me to create an overriding paradox between matter and form. It enables me to create sinuous forms that are full of life and movement, which contrast diametrically to the rigidity and structure of the steel I use to make them. Knots are one of the abstract forms I use and its multiple symbolisms enrich my work and increase its scope and resonance. Knots imply human activity and they have different symbolic connotations in terms of how they are used, to the point that the connotations could be contradictory and/or ambivalent. Man makes knots to resolve countless functional situations: they are a metaphor for life.” Alberto Cavalieri