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Ditte Gantriis, Sexual Feeling, 2016, iron, copper, hydrochloric acid, handmade candles, handblown glass, 11' 9 3/4“ × 6' 6 3/4”.

Ditte Gantriis

Frutta | Rome

Ditte Gantriis, Sexual Feeling, 2016, iron, copper, hydrochloric acid, handmade candles, handblown glass, 11' 9 3/4“ × 6' 6 3/4”.

Ditte Gantriis’s second solo show at Frutta marked an aesthetic departure from the work the Danish artist showed at the gallery just two years ago. That earlier offering—titled “Body and Soul”—featured oversize woven baskets alongside brightly colored monochromes, evoking a sensation of voluptuousness and abundance. In contrast, the latest show, at the gallery’s recently relocated space in Rome’s Trastevere neighborhood, brought together works made of materials including wrought iron, glass, and candles to conjure an altogether darker feeling. This transition is a tribute to the artist’s ability to identify diverse populist trends in mainstream design and translate them to a contemporary art context.

Titled “Sexual Feeling,” the show was dominated by a monumental iron candelabra (also called Sexual Feeling and dated 2016, as were all the works on view) measuring nearly

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