Alfredo Pirri

Studio Planita

Alfredo Pirri has behind him a long career as a set designer; he worked with the theater group Kripton and has also produced videos and video installations. Yet his work as a painter has had little documentation up to now. In this, his first one-person show, he presents a homogeneous group of works that already demonstrate a level of maturity in terms of both stylistic form and richness of content. His is a difficult kind of painting, without estheticizing concessions. His range of articulation begins at zero and varies through the addition of calibrated and firmly controlled minimal passages.

The eight works on view here, all 1986, are based on circular forms. The pictorial medium used is graphite, applied on wood in repeated layers and then polished until the surface is smooth and reflective like metal; Pirri then adds sporadic interventions of color. The general tone of the works is

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