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PRINT October 1986

ETTORE SPALLETTI'S ARCHIPELAGO OF COLOR

OVER THE LAST TEN YEARS Ettore Spalletti has elaborated an art that stimulates the senses without showing preference for any one of them. His paintings, architectural fragments, and sensitively designed installations of monochrome objects all have the feeling of a Japanese garden, one in which the rocks have been polished smooth and colored in soft, tenuous tones, while the gravel is a layer of stone ground to sand, or, rather, to a dust of pure color, and the trees are compact, even-surfaced columns covered with powdered pigments of azure and gray The space where his work appears becomes still; its atmosphere seems to have set, to have gelled, just as each element within one of the installations appears crystallized out of color. Everything looks planned in Spalletti’s environments, which one wants to experience and perceive by moving through them, gaining a variety of points of view.

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