Galleria De Crescenzo & Viesti

The work of the young Roman artist Lucavalerio, which contains both narrative and sociological elements, typically has an intimate quality, despite the fact that it often consists of large installations: Mareggiata (Sea storm, 1993), for example, involved the entire historic center of a small town on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Lucavalerio’s recent show, entitled “Sette mari” (Seven seas), comprised seven pieces—two large installations and five sculptures. These ironic, often tautological works point to the romantic function of the work of art either as a conveyer of meaning or as an enigma with infinite solutions. In Like a rebirth (all works 1997), for example, Lucavalerio projected the silhouette of a child huddled in a fetal position onto a sheet and pillow immersed in a bathtub filled with water. A black goldfish splashed about in the tub, creating a heightened sense of claustrophobia and

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