Salvatore Astore

Galleria Alessandra Bonomo

During the ’80s, the work of Salvatore As-tore developed in two directions, which nonetheless always merged in a single poetics. On the one hand, in the two-dimensional works—on canvas and on paper—the artist investigated physiological elements from the living world, representing them on large surfaces: enormous human skulls, seen as if through x-rays sometimes with sutures between the bones that reinforced the alienating effect, sometimes with the vascular system highlighted by a tangle of brightly colored filamentlike marks. On the other hand, he also made welded-iron sculpture—installed on the walls or placed on the floor—with curving outlines and soft, frayed edges. like those of a geometric figure designed by hand.

These two directions in Astore’s work converge in his interest in anatomy—the human or animal body seen through the lens of the general physiology of living creatures. And

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