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Pierluigi Calignano

Carbone

In 1964 the great Italian designer Bruno Munari stated that the “task of the designer is to produce precise objects,” to find the form best suited for expressing a given function concisely and with respect for the intrinsic qualities of materials. Pierluigi Calignano, by contrast, produces imprecise objects, or ones in which precision becomes an ambiguous concept (and not only because the artist enjoys encouraging objects’ nonfunctional connotations and creating incongruous juxtapositions in a surrealist vein). For instance, one piece in this show, 15 psichedelici guardano il muro (15 Psychedelics Look at the Wall; all works 2004), consisted of a series of colored strobe lights facing the wall, releasing colored halos and at the same time negating their luminosity. Relocated within the dimension of the useless and distanced from their functionality, things undergo an augmentation of their

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