Massimo Bartolini

Massimo De Carlo | Milan/Lombardia

Massimo Bartolini asked viewers to enter the first room of his recent show barefoot. The walls of this space were curved, and they reflected a blinding white light that made it impossible to locate points of reference. As a result, the senses—especially sight and touch—were disabled to the point that exploring the space became an adventure to be entered into only with great caution. It was difficult to avoid crashing into the facing wall of the space, which had become absolutely invisible, and yet the wall was so very near that some even used the odor of the white paint to find their bearings. Underlining the absence of any fixed spatial coordinates, the room also contained a luminous object that sent two shining arrows whirling in a circle at regular intervals.

The show was divided into two rooms, the second very dissimilar from the first—less spectacular but perhaps more effective. This

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