Maurizio Mochetti

Studio Casoli

Since the mid ’60s Maurizio Mochetti has often used technological means to define space in surprising ways. Although he has resisted all attempts to identify his work with arte povera or Pop, Mochetti has exhibited objects including a reproduction of the conical point of Lockheed’s F-104 Starfighter and an image of the Nazis’ Natter rocket. His intention in these works, however, was not to engage in a critique, but rather to set up paradoxical situations. Similarly, during the ’70s, when he launched a rocket that self-destructed after ascending for two kilometers, or constructed a sphere that had to be preserved at a temperature below freezing, he was addressing the relationship between the content of the work and the object itself, between the artwork’s immateriality and materiality.

Since the early ’80s Mochetti has used laser beams to create spaces that are at once impalpable and very

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