Davide Bertocchi

Gian Carla Zanutti

THE THREE WORKS Davide Bertocchi presented here were each quite different but were subtly linked by an idea. In the gallery's single room, what first struck the viewer was Nucleo (Nucleus; all works 2000), a large sphere in dark fiberglass-reinforced plastic. On its surface, at eye level, was a hole large enough to accommodate the viewer's head. The interior of the sphere was completely dark, and this “portable abyss” (the artist's own words) could be experienced as long as one remained silent. As soon as there was any sound, a distinct echo reverberated, due to an acoustical device inserted within the sphere. Thus the abyss became animated, artificially but—and precisely because of this artificiality—in highly suggestive fashion. Orbite (Orbits), on the back wall of the space, was formed by the projection of four laser beams. If projected in isolation, each ray would have

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