Alberto Biasi, Oeuvres 1959 - 2008

Alberto Biasi
06/10/2011 - 07/29/2011
opening 06/09/2011

Press release

The Galerie Messine presents a group of works in relief by Alberto Biasi. This selection of works from the fifties to today allows for the discovery of the historical carreer of this Italian cinetic artist, seldom exhibited in France.

The pieces on show belong to three important periods of his artistic research: 'Trame' (Wefts), 'Rilievi ottico-dinamici' (Optico-dynamic reliefs) and 'Torsioni' (Torsions).

The first 'Wefts' go back to 1959, the period before the 'Gruppo N'. They are superpositions of cotton gauzes, metallic wiring or perforated cards, gradually twisted to form variable constellations or progressive wefts.

The 'Optico-dynamic reliefs' are the developing of a research started with the wefts in 1959. These creations are made of a configuration of lines and a configuration of light, located on two different planes separated by a few centimeters. Both configurations can be perceived in an illusory way as being on the same plane. The proliferation of images resulting from the interaction between the two real planes is unlimited: the opaque segments on the foreground and the luminous segments in the background overlap, creating a blinding effect; or they separate, creating a beam, or else they can produce phenomenons of 'light elision', and, thanks to a curvilinear movement, to the formation of dark veins, like spirals.

The conception of 'Torsions' goes back to a tribute paid to Lucio Fontana by the artist and the N Group around 1960: a canvas entirely cut into strips, then recomposed with them in the form of a torsion. Square, round or triangular, the torsions seem to deform according to the observer's position. They are made of strips, positioned at the edges of a geometric wooden support and opened in a concentric fan-like shape. The result is a relief which physically screws on light and space, and which, because of the eye's mobility and of the human visual imagination, brings about unstable geometric configurations.