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View of “Luca Francesconi,” 2013. From left: Untitled (Shirt), 2013; Untitled (Fish), 2013.

Luca Francesconi

Fluxia Gallery

View of “Luca Francesconi,” 2013. From left: Untitled (Shirt), 2013; Untitled (Fish), 2013.

Visitors to Luca Francesconi’s recent solo show “Geode Cupa” were welcomed by Untitled (Eel) (all works 2013), a metal fishhook hung from a linen thread anchored to the ceiling and supporting a damp, dripping eel skin. Moving on, one couldn’t help but stop to examine black traces of soot, evidence of a fire that the artist—not to be confused with the composer of the same name—had set in the gallery and then allowed to burn out. Near the large windows that distinguish the gallery space, light from the exterior courtyard was slightly dimmed, since not far from the glass panes several pieces of transparent black silk cloth were hanging from a cable, as if to delimit an area that the artist considered impassable. There, beyond the black silk, it was possible to glimpse three assemblage sculptures that were almost anthropomorphic, hinting at references to the female body.

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