Alberto Garutti

Galleria Galliani

A series of lightbulbs on the gallery wall lit up when anyone entered a room on the other side, while in another small room, a slab of red crystal threw a red shadow that filled the space. A third work resembled a hinged and jointed piece of furniture; its dimensions and shape were taken from real furniture and spaces between objects in the home of the artist Alberto Garutti. Garutti, in fact, finds inspiration for all of his work in his own personal surroundings: the red shadow of the crystal, for example, recalls the color of a wall in one of his studios when it is illuminated by the sun, while the strange, awkward furniture is an abstract synthesis of the objects and spaces of one of the rooms he lives in.

The relationship that Garutti establishes with space in this fashion has little to do with Modernity’s reflection on space as a decontextualized abstract entity. Instead, Garutti

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