Maurizio Vertrugno


Entering the gallery, the viewer was blinded by the light reflected from a wall covered in silver fabric and embroidered with threads of the same color. The images they formed turned out to be symbols associated with Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band, of all people—leaves, snakes, and spirals that wrap themselves around the names of the band members, decorations that brought to mind the elaborate initials of illuminated manuscripts. On top of this wall covering were fourteen “paintings” of various sizes, these too created in embroidery but on white fabric and derived from photos shot by the artist in various places in Morocco. In the second room of the gallery, two facing walls were covered with the silver fabric. One wall provided a backdrop for three embroidery reproductions of famous fashion photos from the ’60s and ’70s; on the opposite wall four scarves by designers from the ’50s

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