Gianni Caravaggio: Galleria Francesca Kaufmann/Studio Nike.
These works were some of the most successful in the show, and as different as they may seem from one another in form, they suggest the coherence of the artist's concerns: Like the rest of his oeuvre, these pieces reflect a quest for origins. In Caravaggio's hands, this pursuit involves both space and time--on various levels, both conceptual and perceptual. For example, in Vision of a Star, time is celestial and, significantly, measured in light-years, a spatiotemporal dimension. But in Melancholy, the temporal dimension is human. Space is contemporaneously a tangible and an abstract measure in Sugar, while in My Brain the positive-negative of mind and thought concretize, in a solid space, the metaphor of thinking and the object of thought.
All this amounts to a conceptual exploration with somewhat hermetic, formally impeccable results, as in so much contemporary Italian art. But both beyond and before this series of metaphors for space and time there is another theme, even more innate, so to speak, and more hidden: Caravaggio--and what a name to live up to!--always deals with metaphors for becoming. Already contained in concepts of space and time, becoming implies an idea of direction, of origin and destination but also of construction and voyage. And so all these works take on further coherence; a telescope used to view the light of a star comes into close relation to an elderly hand against a young face, just as a precise geometric module is seen to be connected to the ephemeral variability of a metaphor for the brain.
Translated from Italian by Marguerite Shore.
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