Thursday, March 22, 2012

Vernissages NYC | Identity, Perception, Illusion: Michelangelo Pistoletto "Work"


Michelangelo Pistoletto, one of the major exponents of Arte Povera, has been working with mirrors since 1961 --- in many media and expressions, from paintings to performances.
Mirrors have a complex semantics, spanning from psychoanalytical readings to explorations of visual perceptions. The exhibition  Lavoro (Italian word for work) includes new work of Pistoletto, where mirrored surfaces become backgrounds for trompe-l'œil imagery of people and tools from the construction work environment. The viewer's identity becomes lost in perceptions of illusionary environments, where the gallery becomes transformed in several construction sites. A double illusion, not only for the 2d representation of trompe-l'œil becoming allusive of three-dimensionality, but also for the places recreated.

Walk total length: 13.5km