On the occasion of the Light Art Biennial held at Palazzo Ducale in Mantua, some of the most important light artists from both the Italian and international scene, are exhibiting their work.
F/ART promotes this important event by offering its support to the technical and design production of the exhibits created by the Italian artists Federica Marangoni and Massimo Uberti.
The exhibition, curated by Vittorio Erlindo, focuses on the relationship between light and darkness in the environment. This relationship is, indeed, a stimulus of both scientific analysis and poetic interpretation of reality: light and darkness are inseparable essences of nature and indispensable for understanding the contemporary - states the curator.
The exhibit entitled The Light of Memory designed by Federica Marangoni, set up on the grates of the large windows of the Palazzo Ducale, consists of books made in Murano glass. The Time Machine, on the other hand, is a large hourglass in golden metal with a tube of yellow neon shining intermittent light. Both the artworks reflect on the theme of time and memory.
Massimo Uberti, one of the most important contemporary artists working with light art, presents a grand exhibit that revolves around the idea of paying homage to the Renaissance’s architect Giulio Romano, who designed the Palazzo Ducale in Mantua. The works designed by Massimo Uberti, entitled Ideal City, Belvedere and Scrittoio, open a dialogue between the Perspective conception of Renaissance architecture and the spatial poetics of contemporary art, expressed through neon lights, material favoured by twetieth century artists, from Lucio Fontana to Joseph Kosuth.
Neon is a material that combines endless formal and poetic possibilities with craftsmanship and technological development, as Massimo Uberti testifies, talking about the making of his works: I make drawings with a pencil on paper and then I slowly build in the details. At the point in which the project begins to take shape, but above all to make "sense", the drawings are digitalised to allow for a more technical design. Subsequently, we move on to the physical realization in the laboratory, trying to contain any problems with improvements to the quality of the work.
This craftsmanship, a combination of both creativity and technique, leads to the production of the final piece.
Total reliability, resistance, duration and quality of the light that is emitted are the more interesting characteristics of neon for my work - continues Uberti - This aspect is unsurpassed by other materials: for me, as a designer of three-dimensional projects on the scale 1: 1, it is an indispensable and irreplaceable material.
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Photo Courtesy complesso museale di Palazzo Ducale di Mantova. PH: Paolo Bernini.