"The hand in art, as Bakhtin said of the word in language, is always half someone else’s. You slip it on, like a glove. Feeling its shape or decision, guessing its history or wish."
Andrea Aplebee, Hands in Paolo Colombo: New works
Conceived as both introduction and counterpart to Paolo Colombo's most recent exhibition with the gallery, Paolo Colombo with Carlo Mollino, currently on show in Rossinière, Switzerland, this online presentation highlights a series of five new works by the artist also included in the physical show. The images are accompanied by beautifully written short texts in which Colombo offers an insight into the making of these works, their source of inspiration and provenance. His descriptions also offer a glimpse into the links of these works to Carlo Mollino, a selection of polaroids by whom accompanies Colombo's exhibition. The sequence of texts and images aims to trace a disjointed, albeit intriguing narrative that speaks not only of the link between the two artists, but also of kinship and connections at large.
"The first of the series of hands stems from a small watercolor that Carlo Mollino made of a black glove with a fiery red outline. I rotated the image and superimposed it on the mosaic that so often appears in my work. I never knew what prompted Mollino to paint it; to me it was an arresting image, a powerful icon of Mollino's intense approach to design and representation."
"The double hand pivots at the button, which itself indicates the presence of a shirt sleeve. As in cartoons, the hand below can be seen as a ghost image, left by the moving hand. It suggests the speed of a movement of the wrist. Cocktail hour excitement. The coloring of the hand below mimics a fabric from a lady's dress for a Friday outing at Casa Lutrario, the ballroom dance club that Carlo Mollino designed in Torino in 1959."
"The mosaic hand with a button on the sleeve is the copy of a hand of Artemis, from a sculpture in the Museum of Vravrona, 30km North East of Athens. It was prompted by a visit that went from morning to sunset at the sanctuary of Artemis, a rarely visited place that has the magic of an unspoiled archaeological site unexpectedly close to an urban center."
"The purple hand with the red mosaic outline on the field of ocra tiles is the hand of a friend who had been burnt in a fire. The four white dots indicate the points where she had a third degree burn. Mollino's scarlet outline was my source of inspiration for the small field of light red mosaic around the hand."
"Laced ski boots were high fashion when Carlo Mollino wrote "Introduzione al Discesismo" in 1950, a manual for skiing. Carlo Mollino's interests ranged from architecture to racing cars, from fashion to design. He had a deep love for mountains. In the collection of the Department of Architecture at the University of Torino are extensive holdings of photographs of him skiing, trajectories in the snow and equipment. This watercolor portrays a pair of boots drawn by Mollino."
Paolo Colombo with Carlo Mollino runs from the 14th of June through the 11th of July 2021 in Rossinière, Switzerland as part of the gallery's OFFSITE: CHALET series of exhibitions.
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