Giovanni Anselmo – Per Kirkeby – Richard Long

From 19 December 1984 to 01 March 1985

Curated by Rudi Fuchs

This exhibition brought together the work of three artists whose visual intensity is derived from the particular way they observe nature.
Giovanni Anselmo (Borgofranco d’Ivrea, Turin, Italy, 1934) investigates the energy inherent in matter, establishing a personal dialectic by juxtaposing contrasting materials derived from natural and man-made sources.
The work is thus animated by the energy unleashed during this encounter, through which the artist envisions natural processes that are not normally visible.
The painting of Per Kirkeby (Copenhagen, Denmark, 1938) is informed by both a scientific and emotional approach to nature, resulting in compositions characterized by a gestural impetus and a precise sense of structure. As a geologist Kirkeby has been in direct contact with the earth, an experience that translates into pictures comprising allusive landscapes with figures that exist in an ambiguous intermediate zone, representing signs to be decoded by the viewer by ascribing them the function of recognisable indicators.
Richard Long (Bristol, UK, 1945) makes art within unspoilt natural landscapes, using graphics and photography to register elementary actions such as walking and their impact on the environment. The artist’s relationship with nature is explored both outdoors, through installations created in remote locations, and indoors, through works specially designed for museum spaces, in which he employs natural materials such as stone and mud in geometrically simple forms.
[K.G.]

 

From 19 December 1984 to 01 March 1985