Where the stars are coming one span closer
June 25, 2010
Where the stars are coming one span closer while the earth finds its bearing
A compass positioned on a pile of earth in the middle of the museum, where the invisible can manifest itself and where, climbing onto a block of stone, the stars are closer to the Earth, even if only by a few inches.
Born in Borgofranco d'Ivrea, Turin, in 1934, Giovanni Anselmo has been a practicing artist since 1965. His intent is to expose the energy inherent in the material from which a work of art is made.
Working in thematic cycles, such as the Particular works-projections of the series' title into space-Anselmo attempts to bring general concepts of the infinite or invisible to the attention of the viewer. He relies on the force of gravity to represent its own overcoming and, with an image or mark, put forth an experience of the infinite.
The arabesque is an artistic motif that is characterized by the application of repeating geometric forms and fancifully combined patterns; these forms often echo those of plants and animals.
The grotesques are ornamental arrangements of arabesques with interlaced garlands and small and fantastic human and animal figures, usually set out in a symmetrical pattern around some form of architectural framework, though this may be very flimsy. Such designs were fashionable in ancient Rome, as fresco wall decoration, floor mosaics, etc., and were decried by Vitruvius (ca. 30 BCE), who in dismissing them as meaningless and illogical, offered quite a good description: "reeds are substituted for columns fluted appendages with curly leaves and volutes take the place of pediments, candelabra support representations of shrines, and on top of their roofs grow slender stalks and volutes with human figures senselessly seated upon them."