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Andra Ursuta, Soft Power 1, 2013, bedspreads, paint, wood, metal, electric air blower, inflated 94 1/2 x 98 1/2 x 118".

Giorgio Andreotta Calò/Andra Ursuta

Peep-Hole

Andra Ursuta, Soft Power 1, 2013, bedspreads, paint, wood, metal, electric air blower, inflated 94 1/2 x 98 1/2 x 118".

One of the gallery’s rooms was dangerously dark. Only the tapping sound of falling drops of water filled the void, marking time and drawing visitors toward a slightly more illuminated point located just off center in the space: a rectangular hole that looked out onto an abandoned lower floor of the building, which the artist had flooded for this exhibition. The water was so immobile and calm that it mirrored the space, reversing perspectives and drawing the viewer’s eye into a deceptive abyss. Specularity is what connects Giorgio Andreotta Calò’s site-specific environment Untitled (level), 2014, which uncovers a preexisting opening in the floor, to his sculpture Clessidra (Hourglass), 2014, which was made from a cast of a wooden mooring pole that has slowly been eroded by water—a typical element of the Venetian landscape. Both works were, in fact, inspired by the lagoon of

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