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Massimo Bartolini, La strada di sotto (The Street Below) (detail), 2011, mixed media video installation, 20 minutes 30 seconds.

Massimo Bartolini

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Massimo Bartolini, La strada di sotto (The Street Below) (detail), 2011, mixed media video installation, 20 minutes 30 seconds.

What seemed to be a parcel of earth, a sixteen-foot-tall fragment of a plowed field occupying a surface of roughly forty-three square feet titled Basement (all works 2011), proved on closer inspection to be made of bronze. Upstairs was an installation spread out on the floor, covering an area of about thirty-five by twenty-one feet, composed of three layers of lighting decorations of a type frequently used in southern Italy during religious festivals. The hundreds of colored lights that blink on and off in this piece, La strada di sotto (The Street Below), were attached to a white-painted wooden framework in a vaguely Art Nouveau style. The windows of this second room were covered in a transparent film of an indefinite color halfway between light blue and gray, applied directly to the glass, which altered the light that filtered in and rendered the atmosphere similar to that which

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