Giuseppe Gabellone

Studio Guenzani

Giuseppe Gabellone is one of the first artists to show at Claudio Guenzani’s newly opened project space, which may seem appropriate inasmuch as all of the artist’s shows are “special projects”—projects whose enigmatic nature provides cause for reflection and debate. This was true of his contribution to the 2003 Venice Biennale, where he presented large plastic bas-reliefs with Japanese figures, probably of ancient derivation—a discordant and inexplicable union of image and material. The memory of these pieces is present on this latest occasion, because groups of Eastern figures are again depicted on two bas-reliefs, built here, however, from a strange blend of aluminum powder, vinyl glue, and a tobacco mixture. The tobacco emits an acrid aroma when it comes into contact with the other materials, making the choice of the two images even more mysterious.

Unlike the figures in the Venice

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