Turin

Gilberto Zorio

Giorgio Persano Torino

The five-pointed star has been a recurring image in Gilberto Zorio’s work since the early ’70s, and recently it has taken the form of a tower with a star-shaped plan. This show featured (and took its name from) La tolda silenziosa (Silent Deck; all works 2005), a pair of such towers made from white cement blocks, which completely modified the viewer’s perception of the space, suggesting an imaginary universe where celestial bodies become “habitable buildings.” One tower had a staircase leading to the roof, from which one could admire the spectacle that unfolded below. And it was a true spectacle. Two sculptures were installed between the towers. One, Stella X/Y (Star X/Y), made from tubular iron sections, periodically emitted hissing sounds (another recurring feature of Zorio’s work); in the other, Stella che gira (Turning Star), aluminum segments rotated with the help of a motor. Looking

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