Piero Gilardi

Galleria Toselli / Studio Maconi

Piero Gilardi’s recent exhibitions constituted an abbreviated retrospective. At Toselli, Gilardi displayed sculptural works from 1964 to the present and at Studio Marconi, he installed costumes and props from his 1983 performance work, called “Stop Pollution.” Gilardi has been working in the arte povera vein for more than 25 years. But the seductive softness of his materials (painted polyurethane foam and plastic), coupled with his dependence on a true-to-life representation of the naturalistic, invites direct participation in the work. This accessibility distinguishes Gilardi’s production from most arte povera work. Gilardi abandons the traditionally estheticized distance between viewer and artwork to enter the realm of the interactive and the social. That which is then estheticized is the work’s capacity to initiate and maintain its active relationship to the viewer, while functioning

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