Alberto Biasi: Torsioni e Assemblaggi
Piero Atchugarry Gallery, Garzón, is pleased to announce the first solo show of the Italian artist Alberto Biasi in Uruguay.
Opening on September 15, 2017, the exhibition will showcase the aesthetic complexity of his art practice – composed of geometric and kinetic researches- by focusing on his stylistic development from the late 1960s to the 2000s. The show will concentrate on two specific series of artworks: Torsioni and Assemblaggi.
Alberto Biasi (Padua, 1937) is a pioneer-leading figure of the movement of kinetic art in Italy. Together with Manfredo Massironi he cofounded the group N in 1959 in Padua. The group of artists had an interest on experimental research based on technological art and new media. They developed op-art paintings, kinetic sculptures and light environments with the particularity of always signing the artworks using the group name instead of the artist name. The aesthetic was motivated by the exploration of optical possibilities and perceptive illusions. The group disbanded in 1967, and Biasi developed his own aesthetics on the principles discovered while working with the group.
The TORSIONE series presents artworks framed out of simple geometric forms, composed of staked and rotated PVC strips. The double-face strips are of contrasting colors, thus creating mesmerizing visual effects shifting with the viewer’s position toward the artwork. Through this technique Biasi manages to create an incredible depth on a flat surface, as well as an interesting dynamic in the way to approach the work. The artist began to develop this series in the 1965 and has been working on it ever since.
In the 2000s, Biasi began a new series called ASSEMBLAGGIO: monochrome diptychs and triptychs created by associating canvas, plastic and tridimensional shapes. We can feel here the artist interest in capturing the vibrations and pulsations of nature in order to convert them into splendid and spirited artworks.
A major figure in post-war Italian art, Biasi’s work has been exhibited in a number of important exhibitions at institutions worldwide, including the ground-breaking 1965 exhibition The Responsive Eye at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and the 2014 exhibition AZIMUT/H: Continuity and Newness at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. Other exhibitions include those at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (Buenos Aires), the Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg), the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, (Rome), and the Hirshhorn Museum (Washington, DC). His works can be found in important museums and permanent collections such as the MoMA’s, Rome’s GNAM and Saint Petersburg’s Hermitage