On Saturday May 3, Sonnabend Gallery will open an exhibition of works by GilbertoZorio.
Throughout Zorio’s body of work, the five pointed star has been a recurring and important image. In this show, a series of large metal stars are exhibited – each in a state of flux introduced by either sparks of electricity or the hissing movement of compressed air. Another work,“Stella digiavellotti,” is a star formed by crossed copper javelins, tools that represent an extension of both arm and thought, allowing one to touch distances not accessible by the body alone. Also on view is “Giunchi con arcovoltaico,” consisting of a bunched cluster of reeds extending from the wall and activated by timed bursts of electrical energy.
GilbertoZorio rose to prominence in the 1960s as part of the influential ArtePovera movement, which was characterized by the use of unremarkable materials such as concrete blocks, copper pipes, rubber tubes, wires and animal hides. His work often incorporates alchemical themes and is engaged with ideas of matter in a state of transformation – sometimes represented by sparks of electricity or phosporescent liquids and inks.