Ettore Spalletti

Galleria Lia Rumma

Ettore Spalletti’s works are invitations to meditation. The seventy-year-old artist’s media have long been space and light: He mixes layer upon layer of powdered pigment with white plaster and then abrades the resulting surface, transforming it into a luminous and deep skin, so mobile and vibrant it seems to expand into the surrounding air. Spalletti favors just a few tones—blue, pink, and gray—and orchestrates the subtlest of variations over time, always working with the same scrupulous, patient process, paying painstaking attention to the almost imperceptible shadings that make his works look both the same and different. Only with careful and concentrated viewing is it possible to detect how the tones are never precisely identical and to become immersed in a chromatic space that slowly transforms, not only from one work to the next, but even within a single work.

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