Hidetoshi Nagasawa

Valeria Belvedere

The three installations that Hidetoshi Nagasawa presented here, Lampo (Lightning), La stanza (The room), and Anello (Ring) (all from 1990), are animated by a number of dichotomies: suspension and weight, closure and extension, and the constructed and the natural.

Lampo, the largest of the three works, consists of a zigzagging lightning bolt of wood, iron, and brass, ominously suspended from a single pole wedged between the gallery floor and ceiling. The massive cranelike assemblage both occupies and activates the exhibition space. Tethered with rectangular, ringlike constructions of unpainted iron, the four wooden posts forming the zigzag seem precariously counterbalanced. The variously proportioned metal rings sharply contrast with the impressive weight of the hanging wooden poles.

In La Stanza Nagasawa foregrounds the physical enclosure of the windowless room that serves as the gallery’s

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