Pablo Atchugarry - Pietrasanta 2019

Caresses of Light
Soft and classical shapes in marble and bronze

 

THE EXHIBITION DRAWS AN
INTERESTING ARTISTIC PARALLEL
WITH LUCIO FONTANA

 

An interesting parallel between Pablo Atchugarry and Lucio Fontana can be drawn. Both were born in South America: the former in Montevideo, Uruguay, and the latter in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina. Both started their artistic careers with a focus on figurative art and, once they came to Italy, developed most personal forms of abstraction. However, whereas Fontana tends to lose his initial “baroque” tendencies in the traumatic use of cuts and holes (although they are refined by decorative elements and outlines), Atchugarry preserves an established idea of classicism and commits it to marble and, more recently, bronze, by means of soft shapes that sometimes resemble harmonious draperies. He chases and pursues lines that move rhythmically: at times he investigates the grey veinings of the bardiglio variety of marble, on other occasions he stumbles on the uneven white lines of the Carrara marble. Just to stress the concept of the unexpected and to turn it into an opportunity for creation. In this way, the gesture can examine matter and the space that is conquered by matter itself, through enchanting touches that Atchugarry turns into a continuous and recurring ascensional flow, in which positive and negative spaces pursue one another and produce, through a modulated quantity of light, perceptual surprises that captivate the eye and constantly hint to something else. Light moulds forms; it envelopes and concludes the work, highlighting its spirit.

 

LIGHT MOULDS SHAPES AND
ENVELOPES AND CONCLUDES THE WORK
HIGHLIGHTING ITS SPIRIT

 

This all emerges, once again, in “The Movement of Light” exhibition, which will run at Contini Art Gallery, in Venice, from May 6 to November 24, on the occasion of the Biennale. It is not by chance that, since the beginning of April, the Giardini Casanova of Hotel Cipriani have been housing Atchugarry’s “Soñando la paz” sculpture, which he created on the occasion of the 2003 Venice Biennale. Moreover, from June 8 to September 29, the Contini Art Gallery, in collaboration with the City of Pietrasanta, Fondazione Versiliana and START, organise “The Evolution of Dream” exhibition, a tribute to the maestro from Uruguay that will take place in the square of the Cathedral and Cloister of St. Augustine.

Luciano Caprile

PABLO ATCHUGARRY
THE MOVEMENT OF LIGHT
CONTINI ART GALLERY
VENICE
6/05 – 24/11

PABLO ATCHUGARRY
THE EVOLUTION OF DREAM
PIAZZA DUOMO
CHIOSTRO DI SANT’AGOSTINO
PIETRASANTA (LU)
8/06 – 29/09

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