New York

Pier Paolo Calzolari

Sonnabend Gallery

Pier Paolo Calzolari does not speak English and I do not know Italian, so I was not able to ask him what he intends his work to be about. In his show at Sonnabend he uses a lot of neon and a lot of sound. I take it that he’s interested in different registers of information—visual, auditory, linguistic, tactile, and even perhaps olfactory in one piece involving tobacco leaves. The show contains such things as a row of mattresses on the floor, each of which supports a couple of words or phrases (in English) spelled out in neon, e.g., “My own hand—my free one.” Then there is a neon triangle traced on the wall with “Abstract art in your home” written in neon in the middle of it. But the flashiest and most dubious piece was a mirror hung from the wall with a narrow right-angled piece of metal attached to it so as to form a triangular space in front on the surface. Along this little shelf is

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