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Per Barclay

Giorgio Persano Torino

The structures that Per Barclay exhibited were presented as sparse elements in an abstract landscape. One wandered among them as if in an ambiguous garden without center, where decorative details could be multiplied to infinity. In this rarefied space, all routes are really equivalent; there is neither entrance nor exit. The prevailing reference point seems to be that of a pallid science fiction that describes an alien world without judging it. The structure in the center room had a cold luminosity; two rectangular glass basins, nestled one within the other, rested on a thin wooden base. Both were full of water, maintained, in a state constantly on the verge of overflowing, by a closed hydraulic circuit. A white, irregular slab of marble spilled like foam from between the sandwich of glass, as if created by the encounter between the two basins. Circular holes opened up here and there in

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