Sergio Sarri, Turin 1938
Gabinetto d'analisi n. 2, 1971
LiteratureSergio Sarri: Mitomacchina, 1966–1979, Milan, 2016, pp. 40–41.
ExhibitionsMilan, Robilant+Voena, Sergio Sarri. Works 1967–2017, 24 February–2 April 2017.
Despite the many elements that come together in this painting, the viewer remains unable to rationalise the scene. A curtain suggests a medical setting, next to an operation table encompassing a machine equipped with a vicious blade. In the background, a figure is composed of disjointed elements, some more recognisably human than others. A naked back and elbow meets is spliced with ridged green and purple elements, culminating in a head with scrambled features, buckled to a mask with brutal leather straps.
As is frequent in Sarri’s works, elements with skilful shading and contouring are juxtaposed with strangely flat planes of colour, adding to the dreamlike atmosphere. A dotted line and a floating white shape seem to hint at an entirely different kind of artwork, as if elements from an abstract modernist painting by Miró or Kandinsky had floated onto the canvas.
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