Art Basel Miami first time exhibitors ROBILANT+VOENA will present a curated selection of works by GIANNI COLOMBO belonging to the “Spazio elastico” cycle of the late 1960s and 1970s.
Colombo realized his fist environment entitled “Spazio elastico” in 1967, at Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum in Graz (Austria), for the seminal exhibition Trigon 67, also exhibited at the XXXVI Venice Biennale of 1968, where it won the Prize of the City of Venice reserved for an Italian artist. This work represented a turning point in Colombo’s artistic career as it expanded his research towards the interaction between space, time and viewer, which he had begun to pursue between the late 1950s. As a direct evolution of Lucio Fontana’s “Concetti spaziali” (spatial concepts) and “Ambienti spaziali” (spatial environments), which in the early Postwar years had been defining a conceptual space beyond the two dimensions of the canvas, Colombo’s “Spazio elastico” works investigate the physicality of our relationship with space, generating a psychological dynamic based on the unity of body and mind.
ROBILANT+VOENA’s Art Basel Miami booth will include projects Colombo executed for this 1967 environment, in addition to 9 subsequent independent works exemplifying his experimentation with the elastic space within wall based objects. Made of mixed media including wood and wire, and variously activated via electrical motors or manually, these works display Colombo’s consistent interrogation of the potentialities of altered, moving, flexible space. The viewer’s direct connection with real space, experienced in a total way, both physically and psychically, is central to these works, anticipating issues of perceptual and immersive discourse that are still vital today.