Those living Sculptures
A focus on works dating from two crucial decades
SINCE THE 1950s, THE ARTIST HAS BEEN DEVELOPING
THE MONOFORM, ATTACHING DIFFERENT PERCEPTIVE MEANINGS TO IT:
HIS ‘SECRET CODE’ HAS BEEN GENERATING NEW LIFE CONSTANTLY
Milan, 1953, the M.A.C. (Movimento Arte Concreta) merges with the Espace group from Paris, uniting artists from different backgrounds in pursuit of an idea of integration between arts. Thanks to Gianni Monnet, Bruno Munari, Atanasio Soldati and Gillo Dorfles, by the end of 1948 M.A.C. had already become an innovative, multi-disciplinary and even industrial movement. There were also some important connections with Nueva Vision, an Argentinian group of artists who focused on constructivism. Art had already been in turmoil in Milan, after Manifesto Blanco marked the birth of Spatialism in 1946. Even without the internet and the social media, that was an age of unparalleled international connections, cross-influences and artistic experimentation.
SEQUENCES OF SURFACES THAT ARE MADE BY
ASSEMBLING DIFFERENT MATERIALS UNITE AND COME APART
IN SPACE AND TIME, FOLLOWING A FREE RHYTHM
In those days, Angelo Bozzola (Novara, 1921-2010) was working on abstract and geometrical compositions in both painting and sculpture; in 1956, moved by an interest in the new idioms of industrial design, he became a member of the executive committee of the Mac/Espace, he joined Movimenti Moderni and participated in Concrete Art exhibitions in Italy as well as in Japan. His talent for analytic investigation into the expressive potentialities of mechanical-aesthetic approaches to form led him to almost immediately develop the nucleus of his future work, the ovo-trapezoidal Monoform; this is an element that has a double significance, being at once softly compact and sharply geometrical. The monoform allowed for countless combinations the artist turned into very complex sculptures – those intended for public spaces are also quite large – that communicate and amalgamate with space, light and materials. Due to their interaction with the environment and the observer, Bozzola’s paintings and sculptures become real living beings. Since the 1950s, Angelo Bozzola has succeeded in constantly attaching new values and meanings to the Monoform; his ‘secret code’ has been generating new life ceaselessly, leading to most refined works such as Spazio (1965, “Space”), Spazio-Tempo (1972, “Space-Time”), and Superficie (“Surface”), a 1972 work in which a really magical formal dance is lyrically defined. Sequences of surfaces that are made by assembling different materials (steel, iron, wood, gold leaf, blowtorch engraving, brass) unite and come apart in time and space, originating a free rhythm and different gradients of brightness. A reverberation of sounds, impressions, outlines, and volumes coming from the memories of nature, turns these works into precious containers of primordial and vital forms. The exhibition gathers high quality pieces that date from two decades that were special for international and Italian art.
Maria Angela Tiozzi
DAGLI ANNI ’50 AGLI ANNI ’70
FUTURA ART GALLERY
FINO al 19/07