Alvise Bittente reproduces insignificant objects in ink on paper, following a serial cataloguing scheme: wastebaskets, trash cans, clothing, furniture, and whatever else one finds in the spaces of everyday life. Everything can be registered and put down on paper, removed from its referential context and thus presented without spatial or semantic relationships with other things, isolated like an icon in the blank space of the paper. The categories represented in this exhibition were knives, corks, plungers, ladles, other kitchen utensils, kitchen brooms, and so on. Each category comprises from three to ten drawings on paper or, in one instance, on kitchen aprons. The serial system drains the object of affectivity, and what matters are not its individual characteristics but rather the fact that it fulfills a certain kind of function.
Bittente’s line develops subtly, like an embroidery, and
Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. If you are a subscriber, sign in below.
Not registered for artforum.com?
SUBSCRIBE NOW for only $50 a year—65% off the newsstand price—and get the print magazine plus full online access to this issue and our archive.*
* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.