Ghost work, 2015
Almost nothing, that’s the best way to describe this work of Massimo Bartolini. A little metal wire is bent to form a circle, defining a void. This work is part of a series the artists made in his studio, as small sketches or improvisations, which might lead to other sculptures or installations. The efficiency in effort is positively related to the world that this little work evokes. The artwork as a form of meditation.
Massimo Bartolini’s (b. 1962) work embraces various materials and techniques, from sculpture and performance to photography. In his multimedia works, Massimo Bartolini manipulates light, sound, smell, and architecture to create disorienting experiences. He is interested in experimenting with expectations, relativity, and assumptions of what is fixed versus in flux; these themes become metaphors for imagination, memory, nostalgia, and obsession. Bartolini has worked with a wide range of mediums, but is perhaps best known for his immersive installations. These poly-sensory experiences are intended to bring the viewers into states of heightened awareness or meditation.
His recent exhibitions include Golden Square, a solo exhibition at Frith Street Gallery, Golden Square & Soho Square, Tell it Slant, a group exhibition at Frith Street Gallery, Soho Square, Proportio, Axel & May Vervoordt Foundation, a group exhibition at Palazzo Fortuny, Venice.