brescia-italy

Alberto Garutti

Galleria Massimo Minini

Looking like large metal notice boards such as factories used to have, Alberto Garutti’s new works are digital prints (mostly quite large—up to nearly ten feet wide) in pale industrial colors and covered with patterns formed by a single long unbroken line of varying width. The works look like very complicated schemata for switchboards or integrated electronic circuits of some kind. A brief caption engraved on the frame of each board describes precisely what is illustrated: a linear measurement in meters. This measurement indicates the distance that separates the gallery (that is, the artwork itself) from some socially and symbolically important place in the city, such as the town hall, the bank, or a church that houses a masterpiece—or simply from the gallery owner’s house. The artist explains, “Each of these works is generated by a single uninterrupted mark, a line that measures the exact

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