Genoa

Ettore Spalletti

Locus Solus

Everything is dense and light; a soft clarity absorbs the light and gives back color. Clean depths are rarefied in the air beyond the limits of the forms. Colors sink into the surfaces from which they emanate. This is one of the most seductive aspects of Ettore Spalletti’s work shown here, capturing the atmosphere of his studio in Cappelle sul Tavo, where the high Abruzzo mountains are reduced by distance to light blue profiles.

The very space of the gallery acquires a special density, in which Spalletti’s sculptures (all untitled) become moments, or places, of concentration. A white vase (1983) and four amphorae (also 1983)—one blue like the sky, one pink like the flesh of a woman, one gray and neutral, and one white like the gesso in which the color is set—radiate a quiet energy within this space. They are not miserly, but generous (as every work of art ought to be), elements/instruments/filters

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