Cesare Pietroiusti

Sergio Casoli

Cesare Pietroiusti’s sculptural works consist of larger-than-life reproductions of discarded matchbooks, cigarette boxes, and other preexistent mass-produced objects. These found objects have been casually and uncalculatedly scribbled upon, rolled, or torn by some unknown other before being transformed by Pietroiusti through a process of mechanical reproduction coupled with standard sculptural techniques. Here, the artist has photographed the various flat surfaces of these objects and then veneered the enlarged Cibachrome prints onto sheets of plywood or flexible aluminum; he has then bent, curved, or assembled them to form oversized, three-dimensional photographic representations of the original found objects. Like by-products of an incomplete metamorphosis, Pietroiusti’s works display a dichotomy between the unconsciousness of the interventions that originally distinguished these objects

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