New York

Marco Bagnoli

Salvatore Ala Gallery

Marco Bagnoli’s Anti-Hertz consisted of a large canvas screen suspended diagonally between two pillars of a darkened room. An old-fashioned theatrical lamp threw a long, white light across the gallery floor. It touched the base of the canvas and illuminated a circular cake of red paint beyond it. The chimney of the machine caused a circular light on the ceiling and, on the gallery window in another part of the room a slide projector cast the image of a wooded landscape with a church. Imagine the whirring of the machines in the darkness; the changes in quality of the long light and the tinge it lent the red paint; the almost tangible quality of the spotlight in comparison with the less numinous projector; and the hectic, pullulating quality of the moonlike circle, caused by the hot air escaping from the machine. A text by Bagnoli completed the composition. Its distinction between “the cone

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