Giovanni Anselmo

The Renaissance Society

The dreamlike title of Giovanni Anselmo’s “Lungo it Sentiero Verso Oltremare,” 1997, roughly translated as “Along the path toward the sea,” begins to suggest an agile wanderlust, a kind of a demarcation or passage between here and there. The journey to which Anselmo’s installation alludes is only obliquely geographic; this evocative piece treats in turn physical, professional, and perceptual accounts of passage, and remains impressively inconclusive.

Between two vertical, deep ultramarine stripes (representing the sea or sky?) painted on opposite walls of the gallery, Anselmo ran a long and meandering narrow pathway of dirt (the earth?) across the floor, its passage from one end of the room to the other neither quick nor direct. Along this pathway two smallish granite blocks were placed, the first more roughhewn than the other, but still a clearly cut block, as if some handiwork could turn

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