Vittorio Messina

Galleria Il Milione

Vittorio Messina’s Grande Cella (Large cell, 1988) is a corridorlike sculptural work composed of white plaster blocks, corrugated steel sheeting, sealed cardboard boxes, and other prefabricated building materials. With this work, Messina creates three distinct, separate, almost domestic spaces; the sculpture is like an uninhabitable human shelter. The central space is the only one of the three that has been left partly open. But the pristine whiteness of the floor and walls and the harsh white-blue light seize the space from the sphere of domestic or even industrial architecture, and reanchor it within the realm of sculpture. Another of the cell-like spaces features a windowlike external wall; its passage is blocked by an orderly stack of sealed cardboard boxes. Suspended in the passageway of the last of the three spaces is an aluminum ladder, which functions as an effectively unstable

to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. If you are a subscriber, sign in below.

Not registered for Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW for only $50 a year—65% off the newsstand price—and receive the print magazine plus full online access to this issue and our archive.*

Order the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.