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Paolo Gonzato, L’Isola delle Rose (The Island of Roses), 2012, wood, paint, dimensions variable.

Paolo Gonzato

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Paolo Gonzato, L’Isola delle Rose (The Island of Roses), 2012, wood, paint, dimensions variable.

Inside an eighteenth-century palazzo, two opulently decorated rooms boast frescoed ceilings, marble fireplaces, and an arch decorated with gilded stucco. Such spaces are extremely beautiful but fraught with traps when, as in this case, they become the setting for an exhibition of contemporary art. The architecture can overpower the works in the show; one might find oneself longing for the more humdrum but less distracting white boxes of most contemporary galleries. Paolo Gonzato met this challenge head-on and created an installation, L’Isola delle Rose (The Island of Roses; all works 2012), that stood up to the space. Among the unexpected elements he avails himself of is the language of roadwork signage: indications for caution, evidence of imminent danger. These factors raised the level of emotional tension, if only subconsciously. But Gonzato’s real talent lies in the way in

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