Ettore Spalletti at Galleria Vistamare, Pescara
“When you take a walk by the sea, you see the azure becoming ever deeper and, towards evening, all becomes silver, the line of the horizon vanishes and the sea weds the sky”
From the mid 1970s onwards Ettore Spalletti has dedicated himself to work that exalts the emotional impact of colour, explored in both painting and sculpture. Spalletti’s artistic practice involves an entirely manual elaboration of the surface (in the case of painting, a wooden support, but also marble and alabaster in his sculptures), with many layers of pigment. From the apparent monochrome of his works there emerges a colour drenched in texture and in light, blending harmoniously into the surrounding space. His pictorial surfaces have, in fact, a very physical relationship with the exhibition space, to the extent of renouncing their own integrity, overflowing the borders of the picture frame or their pictorial supports protruding outwards to straddle the boundary between painting and sculpture. His sculptural work presents powerfully succinct geometries that often allude to recognizable images (columns, vases and cups – the archetypes of sculptural language).
At Vistamare Spalletti will be presenting some of his most recent works – Muro, azzurro (2016), Come l’acqua (2016), Grigio oro, orizzonte (2016) – together with earlier pieces including Scatola di colore (1991) and Così com’è (2006). The walls of the gallery’s largest room will be ‘disrupted’ by a work entitled Carte, thin panels of wood in large formats, painted front and back and moving freely – a work that reprises aspects of his earliest coloured “carte” which were made in 1974.
at Galleria Vistamare, Pescara
until 23 June 2017