• Arcangelo Sassolino, Canto V, 2016, wood, steel, hydraulic system, 6' 5 1/2“ × 16' 2 7/8” × 1' 8 7/8". Installation view. Photo: Ela Bialkowska.

    Arcangelo Sassolino

    Galleria Continua | San Gimignano

    The work of Arcangelo Sassolino does not follow the trend toward dematerialization that seems to apply to so much contemporary art. In his hands, material assertively occupies space: The “life of matter” makes itself felt—through noises, metamorphoses, structural tensions, and often-violent movements. Canto V (all works 2016), a sixteen-foot tree trunk, sawed longitudinally into thick beams and suspended in midair, was subjected to extreme pressure from a hydraulic jack that bent it first in one direction and then another. A series of creaking noises, something like the sounds that emerge

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