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Sergio Fermariello

Lucio Amelio

Exhibiting works that are emblematic of his artistic activity over the past two years, Sergio Fermariello declares, in this show, an end to the phase of his career during which he used “signs of warriors.” Now he has turned to the topoi of the imagination and to the (no less archetypal) figures of the hunter and the prey. He contrasts a work covered by a dense, obsessive accumulation of a repeated warrior motif with a less-crowded weave of images scribbled in a childish hand—a tree, a hut, a road map, and an image of Vesuvius. Though the child’s scrawl is barely articulate, it is the matrix of every other form of language, thought, and reasoning. Fermariello adopts this metaphor to complete his journey to the origin of language.

Black and white still dominate the broad surfaces upon which his signs play themselves out. The ground is not rigorously two-dimensional, but projects in relief at

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