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Lisbon at Cabana Mad
ASSIST -ICONOGRAPHY OF A HUG-
»An icon is painted on a light and the light is painted with gold.« (Pavel Florensky) The etymological meaning of an icon refers to the idea of apparition in which the gold that reflects it is closely connected with the mystery of a solar spectrum. This divine color has a specific name in iconographic art – Assist. An icon is not a painting, it is a sacred object, a miraculous object. The depicted figures should not delight the eye, the appearance must move away from the common beauty and the human nature. This principle has made Alessandro di Giampietro willing to abstract the concept of an icon in an installation that is free of references to religious images, but respectful towards the sacredness and above all, legitimizes the theories of Pavel Florensky and the platonic metaphysics of beauty as light and splendor of an idea. In Florensky's works the platonic idea takes on the original character of a light that refers to a »live sight«, to a »gaze of a person«, to all those looks that, from the point of the view of the artist, will give life to the work. The golden structure determined by a central semi-sphere that represents divine illumination, framed by a screen, refers to a small sanctuary adorned with icons and candles that recalls a domestic dimension and the personal contemplation of the Byzantine icon, which is often labeled as a »beautiful or precious corner«. A protective shell, a golden cocoon, a secret casket that will envelop all of those who will participate in the ritual of sharing a special moment. The old historical icons reflect the sufferings and accomplishments of people, related to specific phenomena and historical events, revealing the inner world, purity and nobility of mind. In this era of social distancing »Assist«, as a symbol of contemporary iconography, represents the warmth of a hug that Alessandro di Giampietro wants to donate to the humanity. The most striking feature of Byzantine icons is perhaps »the reversed perspective«, in which the lines of force are aimed at one or more centers located in front of and outside of the icon itself, in the direction of an observer. In the artist's golden installation, the concept of the reversed perspective is represented by a human figure moving within the installation in the alchemical ritual of preparing a unique drink for the guests, as a moment of relief from suffering and a place to find some piece and quiet. In »Assist« the meaning of the icon of the Divine Maternity as a mother's embrace of her own son and the meaning of the icon of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple as a sacred meeting, blend together in the golden reflections of the structure in which each spectator, seeing his or her mirrored image, becomes a part of the installation.
Thinga Things -introducing chaos and uncertaintly-
public space in Ljubljana june/july 2018
Network ”conceived during the three years of residence in Ljubljana, the house is trasformen into a large living room, into a temporary space
that taking the form of a large curtain made with fragments of heterogeneous fabric collected by the artist during his movements between Italy and the Balkans
reflects the idea of home as a living and dynamic organism capable of changing and transforming over time, in an open space capable of containing
personal memories and experiences of others .
Beneath the surface of appearances