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Carlo BERNARDINI - Light Catalysts (2005)

Friday 16th December 2005 Velan will open Catalizzatori di Luce, a solo exhibition by Carlo BERNARDINI (Viterbo, 1966). The project fully occupies the gallery area with stainless steel and optical fibres sculptures/installations. Carlo Bernardini finds the centre of his research in the idea of perceptive transformation of the space creating works which move between sculpture and installation dimensions. His installations are created using optical fibres and electro-luminescent surfaces and they give life to a mental architectonic light space, incorporeal yet visible, completely changing the function and the structure of the real environment. The light creates a drawing in the space, a drawing changing according to the point of view and to the movements of the spectator, who finds himself living inside the art work. The meticulous abstraction route is a gradual research about the line element in order to catch its core, as if the artist struggled to draw what’s invisible. The idea of apparition and disappearance, materiality/immateriality in his stainless steel and optical fibres or Plexiglas and optical fibres sculptures determinates the presence of a mark, the more evident in the darkness the more invisible is its material structure in the light. The artist gives the most importance to light and to the mind-drawing materialized by it, with its capacity to change and transform the perceptive coordinates of visual space.

Carlo Bernardini graduated in 1987 at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome. In 1997 he published a theoretical  essay about the “Division of the visual unity” edited by Stampa Alternativa. He has been invited to two editions of the Quadriennale in Rome and to a Triennale in Milan. He created large environmental installation using optical fibres and permanent public sculptures using stainless steel and optical fibres in many Italian cities. He won twice, in 2000 and 2005, the “Overseas Grantee” Prize at the Pollock Krasner Foundation in New York and in 2002 he was awarded the Targetti Art Light Collection “White Sculpture” Prize. He is teacher at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan. He lives and works in Rome and Viterbo. We thank Regione Piemonte, RAS Insurances, Pinerolo for the contribution. The exhibition will be open from 16th December 2005 to the 20th January 2006 from Tuesday to Friday from 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm. Monday and Sunday by appointment.


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