Giuseppe Maraniello

Studio la Città

Imagine constructing a vase, or a nest, from the inside out—this is what Giuseppe Maraniello did for his latest show. Using the bronze supports that are sawed off cast statues, he put together a gigantic framework—more than four meters in diameter—that is not only vase and nest, but also spider’s web, a place where objects become physically entangled. These objects—a spearhead, a drop-shaped alembic, small vases—have comprised his sculptural repertoire since the early ’80s. And yet however physically defined these objects are, they are more a collection of memories and symbols than things or archeological remains. That is, before they are objects, they are archetypal forms, the primary forms of the collective unconscious.

Although Maraniello’s native city, Naples, is a place where myths have developed and cultures have been superimposed on one another, his objects seem even more ancient,

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