Massimo Bartolini, “Airplanes and Horizons”
D’Amelio Terras, New York
May 11 – June 29, 2007
D’Amelio Terras is pleased to present a solo show by Italian artist Massimo Bartolini. This is his first solo show in the United States. Bartolini’s works are often experiential and have involved a wide variety of mediums such as sculpture, site-specific installation, performance photography and drawing.
The show consists of two projects — Airplanes and 34 Orizzonti con Scena Erotica. In Airplanes Bartolini addresses the relationship between the proposal and the realization of a project. The creation of these works is a three-step process: folding of a large paper airplane, unfolding it, and outlining the creases that remain with color pencil. The finished work is an object that has its own blueprint traced in its creases. The unfolded airplane exists somewhere between an idea and its realization, as well as between sculpture and drawing. In works titled 34 Orizzonti con Scena Erotica (34 Horizons with Erotic Scenes) creases converge in the center, a place where erotic scenes between flies take place. The 34 creases point to the tension between the enormity of an act and the smallness of the participants.
Massimo Bartolini will have two solo exhibitions in 2007 — at Museu Serralves, Porto, Portugal in May, and Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England in July. His recent solo exhibitions included GAM Turin Magazzini d’arte Moderna, Rome, Italy; Galleria Massimo de Carlo, Milan, Italy; and the Stadtisches Museum Abteiburg Monchengladbach, Germany. In 2006 he was included in the Shanghai Biennial as well Art 37 Basel, where he presented a site-specific installation called A Bench in front of the main entrance to the fair. In 2001 his project Untitled (Wave) — a large scale sculpture that featured a perpetual wave was installed in the courtyard at PS1, New York. He lives and works in Cecina, Italy.