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Via Spliced Stone and Crystalline Patches, Massimiliano Pelletti Brings a Up to date Contact to Antiquity — Colossal



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August 24, 2023

Grace Ebert

A stone bust with striped patches

“Optical Venus” (2022), emerald and ochre onyx, 44 x 24 x 28 centimeters. All pictures © Massimiliano Pelletti, courtesy of Bowman Sculpture Gallery, shared with permission

Undulating stripes of emerald and ochre, spliced sections of sodalite and Mexican white onyx, and dense, glimmering patches of crystalline stone characterize Massimiliano Pelletti’s elegant sculptures. The Italian artist (beforehand) is understood for his distinctly up to date interpretations of classical statues that spotlight imperfections, fallibility, and convergence. “Pink Eros,” for instance, depicts the god of affection by means of a sometimes easy carving that’s met with a jagged midsection and shoulder. Two different “Venus” works mix segments of stone in herringbone, pixelated, and striped patterns that meld the subject material of antiquity with extra trendy motifs.

Lots of the sculptures proven right here shall be on view in October for Pelleti’s solo present, Eredità, at Bowman Sculpture Gallery in London. Included is “White Noise,” a brand new bust that seems wrapped in a gauzy veil and evokes the towels the artist makes use of in his studio to cowl completed works in order that they’re shielded from mud. He explains:

I all the time discover myself taking a look at these lined figures that wouldn’t have their physiognomic traits seen. I’m fascinated by them as a result of even when they’re lined, you possibly can nonetheless learn the outlines of their bodily form, leaving extra room for creativeness… I made a decision to create a few of my artworks of their veiled model. The world of up to date artwork is one by which look typically reigns on the expense of substance. I needed to permit the viewer to see past the veil that’s each a visible actuality and a metaphor for a psychological barrier.

Following Eredità, Pelleti will open an exhibition at Galleria Doria Pamphilj that, for the primary time within the area, will pair a recent artist’s work with these of greats like Caravaggio, Titian, and Raphael. Comply with information about these exhibits and sustain with the artist’s newest initiatives on Instagram.


Two images of a bust of eros without a right arm. Instead, there's a crystalline patch

“Pink Eros,” pink onyx, 85 centimeters

A figurative sculpture of a man bending down with the left side of his body sliced to reveal rough stone

“Dreaming of Olympia,” 96 x 70 x 47 centimeters

A bust spliced with white stone and blue marbled stone

“White Horizon,” sodalite and Mexican white onyx

Two images of a female bust made of white, red, and blue striped stone

“Polychrome Venus,” white onyx, sodalite, and volcano onyx, 49 x 40 x 40 centimeters

A bust that appears wrapped in white fabric

“White Noise,” Mexican white onyx, 54 x 50 x 32 centimeters

A bust spliced with white stone and green marbled stone

“River,” white onyx and emerald onyx

A figurative sculpture of a man bending down with the left side of his body sliced to reveal rough stone

Element of “Dreaming of Olympia,” 96 x 70 x 47 centimeters

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