Francesco Arena - 7, 1, 4. Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milano
Sette, uno, quattro Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milano, 2015
Galleria Raffaella Cortese is proud to open the new season with a solo show by Francesco Arena.
For his first exhibition at the gallery, the Italian artist will realize three new projects conceived and designed for the three exhibition spaces, whose street number gives the exhibition its title: sette, uno, quattro (seven, one, four).
The three works conceived for the exhibition, though seemingly different, present both formal and conceptual contact points.
In all the works is the concept of cut (in the notch that marks the length of the beard in the bronze sculptures, the cut in the wall where the plaque is installed and the idea of splitting the spaces, which is proper of edges and corners) and a constant reference to time (the days that the beard takes to grow; the time described by Sontag and the eternity, unfortunately destroyed, of the Buddhas). In addition, the three works are a reflection on the concept of monument, which has always interested the artist, a reflection on its essence and function, starting from the materials used and the continuous references between his personal history and the world history that we all know.