Emilio Prini

Galleria Toselli

As in heraldic coats of arms, where every bit of information is conveyed in abbreviated form within a general framework of references and exchanges of images, Emilio Prini’s prints (reproductions of pages from the artist’s notebook) contain a multitude of conventional signs. The first reading is enigmatic, as one cannot decipher the printed traces and figures. Observation is further complicated by the way in which the prints are exhibited: lined up along a wall at the center of the gallery, above a pile of sawdust heaped up at the bottom of both sides of the wall. One peruses the pages cautiously and quietly, eager to glean information from the titles; they are as strange as possible, but always closely connected with the drawings, as if a narrative cycle were passing through these sheets. The earlier allusion to coats of arms ceases to function at this point. These prints do not evoke a

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