Massimo Uberti, among the most important artists of light art, is one of the protagonists of Biennale Light Art Mantua opened to the public until 7 October. The artist exhibits a great installation realised with the technical support of F/ART which revolves around the idea of paying tribute to Giulio Romano: Città ideale, Belvedere e Scrittoio – titles of works by the artists– open a dialogue between perspective conception of Reinassance architecture and the spatial poetics of contemporary, expressed through the neon, privileged material from artists of ‘900 from Lucio Fontana to Joseph Kosuth.
Can you describe us the exhibited work at the Biennale Light Art in Mantua?
There are more works and all of them rotate about the idea of paying tribute to Giulio Romano.
The same titles of my works direct us to the work of this teacher, who realizes his masterpieces here in Mantua.
Ideal city, Belvedere and Scrittoio are a tribute to the whole activity and path of such a great artist who was expecially productive realizing long-term projects.
How and when was born your interest in neon?
The first work at neon it’s 1999 and it’s called “Living in a small house of 2 metres per second”, a sort of lighted “Unitè d'habitation”
What are the features of the most interessant material for your job?
Total reliability, resistance to exercises, length and I would add quality of the light being produced at 360. Nowadays this aspect is unsurpassed and for me that I drew three-dimesional architecture at a scale of 1:1, remains indispensable material and irreplaceable.
The expressive researches built on light are by their nature closely linked to the technical progress and the technologies related to the production of light sources. How develops your job between creative project and techincal creation?
Quite simply and accordance with tradition.
I realize drawings with a pencil on the paper and then bit by bit I build up particulars. Then when the project starts to take shape but mostly to make any sense, by that time and only then the drawings are being digitally transferred for blueprints.
Then we go to physical implementation in the shop searching to reduce any findings or improvements with replacements or additions that improve the overall quality.
The whole process "artisanal" made of invention on one hand and technique on the other hand lead to the final construction of the work like we see it exhibited.
Massimo Uberti is a visual artist, known for several projects and light fixtures at prestigious exhibition venues and public spaces. He was born in Brescia 1966. He studied with a group of artists of “Via Lazzaro Palazzi” in Milan; the major curators and critics like Sergio Risaliti, Laura Cherubini, Francesco Bonami, Bettina della Casa, Ludovico Pratesi, Bartolomeo Pietromarchi deal with his job. He has achieved wide recognitions in Italy and abroad, in particular he has represented Italy at the exhibition of visual art Ev+A 2003 Limerick (Irland, LCGA) cured by Virginia Perz-Ratton and his works are at major national and international collections. One of his majestic bright installation is still visible (27 meters in diameter and 14 feet high) "Dreams of a possible city" at the “Palazzo delle stelline” based in the European Parliament in Milan.