Paolo Cavinato, Hidden Steps
The Flat – Massimo Carasi is proud to present its fourth solo exhibition of works by Paolo Cavinato.
Offering an overview of new themes explored by the artist during the last year – which culminated with his recent residence and exhibition at the Institute of Italian Culture in Copenhagen – the artist's fourth solo exhibition in Milan presents a selection of works from different series that connect to one another on an ideal level, forming what could almost be seen as a single constellation.
In each of these series, "matter" plays a key role for Cavinato. In "Spatial Conditions" and "Endless Houses", it appears to be corroded, as if it has been expelled from a temporal vortex, and evokes memories of the Italian tradition, while it mutates into the glossy, reflective surfaces of "Hidden Steps" and "Wings" or shimmers like a hologram in the ideal space of "Continuous City". The fil rouge that connects these series is the persistent concept of a continuous research that progresses and evolves a process of transition from one insight to the next, leading once again to the concept of the threshold as a limit, boundary or edge, which converges in the artist’s work, distinguishing between interior and exterior dimensions. In "Spatial Conditions" small objects take us back to the Italian origins of spatial organization in the Medieval and Renaissance traditions, to a place where architecture and painting seem to merge into a single reality. In contrast, the series "Continuous City" echoes the spirit of Italo Calvino’s “ideal” cities, filtered by a futuristic vision of urban reality (with particular reference to Shanghai, where Cavinato lived and worked for the duration of a six-month artistic residency). Space is a place that extends without limits, where perspectives and viewpoints become multifold. The brand new “Wings” series (gold, silver or nickel plated brass) is the direct progression of “Continuous City” and “Interiors”, presenting small, three-dimensional, architectural extrapolations of the previous series. And finally, there is "Hidden Steps", a new mid-size sculpture that articulates the concept of the threshold that delineates contact between two adjacent temporal dimensions.