Nespolo 2004

Massimo Bartolini (born 1962, Cecina, Italy)

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Copyright: Copyright The Artist and Frith Street Gallery, London; Image: Stephen White

Massimo Bartolini lives and works in Italy and has exhibited widely. His work takes many forms including sculpture, performance and photography but often has a common theme - a desire to alter and disturb our usual process of perception. This usually involves a juxtaposition between the artificial and the natural. This work is a drawing of a tree from the artist’s garden. It was made by placing a sheet of plexiglass in front of the nespolo – a kind of fruit tree – and making a tracing of it using a sharp drypoint tool. The finished tracing relies on light to give it life (like the tree itself), casting a shadow of the tree onto the wall behind. The result is a beautiful but fragile image that encourages us to consider the play of light within the gallery and the space we are in. It also reflects on the difference between the natural and the man-made, and by extension our relationship with the natural environment.

Acquisition Details

Acquired from Frith Street Gallery, London, 2005
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland which was originated and operated 2003-2006 by the Contemporary Art Society and supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.
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