On Wednesday, October 11, at 18.30, Fondazione VOLUME! Presents Respiro, all'interno dell'esterno dell'interno…, a project by Paolo Icaro, curated by Claudia Gioia, designed specifically for the spaces of Via San Francesco di Sales.
Paolo Icaro (Turin, 1936), exponent of the artistic research of the Sixties, has immediately assumed an original position in the history of Italian and international art; close to the experience of Arte Povera has developed its own language that renews the definition of sculpture.
Living between Rome, Turin, New York and Genoa, he shifts his nomadic attitude to a never ending investigation on matter and form, experimenting with the process of sculptural action in relation to space.
For Fondazione VOLUME! Icaro chooses to interact with the history and the emotional nature of the environment, with its white surface and its stratifications of sense that brings to memory the infinite possibilities of a element like chalk, used in many of his sculptures.
The artist covers the interior spaces of Via di San Francesco di Sales with polyethylene cloths caressing the walls of VOLUME! making it sensitive and reactive to every breath and to the spectator's passage. Transparencies and overlays animate the space that, through the artist's intervention, transforms it into a living place, capable of restoring the memory kept from his walls. On this occasion the artist reinterprets some classical elements of his poetry, continuing the journey of experimentation on materials and spatiality. The use of plastic, in fact, reminds the intervention made in Rome in 1968 for the Teatro delle mostre at the Galleria La Tartaruga of Plinio De Martiis, when he decided to rhythm the exhibition space with a coated polyethylene cloth (Buchi 1,000,000, 1968). And the artwork Tenda nera (1968) painted by Icaro up to the maximum height reached by his arms, with this gesture the artist try to transforms his body into the unite measurement of the surface.
By maintaining constant attention to perception, now Icaro proposes a work that, moving on the fragile balance between opacity and transparency, accompanies the viewer in the an experience of new emotions and old memories. Covers and at the same time dematerializes the space, eliminates every stump and makes time, sedimented on the 'skin' of VOLUME!, a liquid surface in continuous motion. Icaro's sculpture gives life to new environments and, freed from aspirations of immutability and eternity, makes visible once again the bond between art and life.