Geometrie per un canone rovesciato

The starting point of the solo show “Geometries for an inverted canon” (Geometrie per un canone rovesciato) is the “Lamentation over the Dead Christ” (Compianto sul Cristo morto) by Niccolò dell’Arca, housed in the Church of Santa Maria della Vita in Bologna, which is well known for the extraordinary dramatic force that gives this sculptural group a timeless expressive quality, although it dates back to the second half of the fifteenth century.
Through his personal artistic vocabulary consisting of complex geometries and chromatic calibrations, David Casini isolates some of the gestures of the figures that stand around Christ’s body and transfigures their emotional intensity. By altering the directions and movements of their hand gestures and taking them out context he makes them substantially unrecognizable. The reference to Niccolò dell’Arca’s masterpiece is therefore not immediate but almost imperceptible and subliminal, supplemented by the subtle balances of metal structures and the use of porcelain, a fragile and brittle material, cast directly from the hands of the models enveloped by latex gloves, in gestures that closely mirror those of the original sculptures.
The title “Geometries for an inverted canon” uses a musical metaphor in reference to the possibility of a making a contemporary reinterpretation of a previous composition. If one looks at the details it is a rigorous imitation, but seen as a whole it is a very free invention, bound, if it is bound to anything, to new rhythms, distances and geometries.

CAR drde Gallery, 2015, Bologna.

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Geometrie per un canone rovesciato I, 2015, brass, porcelain, plexiglass, printing on metallic paper, polished concrete, h47x25x25cm.

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Geometrie per un canone rovesciato, 2015, CAR drde Gallery, Bologna.

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Geometrie per un canone rovesciato II, 2015, brass, porcelain, plexiglass, printing on metallic paper, polished concrete, h51x25x25cm.

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Geometrie per un canone rovesciato III, 2015, brass, porcelain, plexiglass, printing on metallic paper, polished concrete, h53x25x25cm.

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Geometrie per un canone rovesciato, 2015, CAR drde Gallery, Bologna.

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Geometrie per un canone rovesciato IV, 2015, brass, porcelain, plexiglass, printing on metallic paper, h160x30x20cm.

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Geometrie per un canone rovesciato V, 2015, brass, porcelain, plexiglass, printing on metallic paper, h310x30x21cm.

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Canone rovesciato, 2015, UV digital printing on plexiglass, wooden frame, h50x40x3cm.

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Geometria, 2015, UV digital printing on plexiglass, wooden frame, h62x42x3cm.