Gino de Domicicis

Lia Rumma | Naples

Italy is the land of saints, poets, and navigators. The saint is a model of salvation. The poet celebrates the beauty of the world through art. The navigator discovers terrae incognitae. Gino De Dominicis plays all these roles at the same time.

In this display of the artist’s work, a single spotlight, placed in the middle of a supporting structure, provided the only illumination. The light was turned toward the spectators, who entered near a wall upon which a huge drawing had been rendered. The drawing is a variation on one from 1980, Urvasi e Ghilgamesh: two profiles facing each other, one presumably female, the other male, one linear and fluid, the other slashed and bristling. On the opposite wall, to the left of the spectator, was an oval mirror, reflecting everything save the image of the observer or that of any other analogous human presence: a test for vampires.

The saint tells us that

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