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Daniele Innamorato

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Allowing liquid paint to run down a vertically positioned canvas is certainly nothing new in painting, but it’s hard to think of anyone, at least in my memory, who has applied this simple painting technique to the wall of the exhibition space as well as to the surface of the canvas—at least until now. Daniele Innamorato expands this mechanical and passive gesture to an environmental scale, transforming it into a generator of energy. The video Opera Prima (all works 2007) documented the operation: The artist and some assistants climb a ladder and apply brushes full of acrylic paint where the wall and ceiling meet; the paint then flows down the wall to the floor. The video shows the production process as a veritable Happening, charged with a playful spirit that could still be sensed in the finished work: gallery walls completely covered with colored vertical lines, all the same distance

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