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Pietro Finelli

Trabia-Macafee Gallery

In his recent wall pieces and freestanding sculptures, Italian artist Pietro Finelli reveals a new approach. His earlier works were grids of discrete images drawn or painted on folded brown paper. The images, which ranged from abstractions to figures and landscapes, were arranged in non-narrative sequences based on visual associations and personal memories. The work was conceptual without sacrificing a strong visual quality.

While the title of this show, “Lost Watches,” implies a continued concern with time, memory, and autobiography, the new works suggest a decisive break with the past. In several pieces the grid remains, although here realized primarily in zinc-coated iron and aluminum. The compositions have begun to move off the wall and into the room, evolving from graphic works into sculptures. In Regalità (Majesty, all works 1988), one element next to the wall grid bends outward, and

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