Cantiere, the second solo exhibition by Paolo Icaro (Turin, 1936) at Galleria P420, opens on Saturday 23 November.
With an extraordinary artistic legacy that covers a time span of over 50 years, in the spaces of P420 Paolo Icaro presents an exhibition-work, a journey through several fundamental moments of his career, with about 20 works from the 1960s to the present, selected and shown inside a total experience the artist calls Cantiere (Worksite).
Cantiere, an area of construction that plays host to the operations required to make a work of architecture, a work of art… an area of intervention, of change. Cantiere is change, it is becoming, it is the project and the awareness of change. Cantiere is the construction of change. It is a personal voyage, it is unfinished, an objective not yet achieved. Cantiere is the construction of dreams.
As the artist himself explains, “Cantiere is the place of works in progress: the question, the choice follow one another, crossed by a critical filter. Hypotheses convert into actions that open up other hypotheses, other critical reflections. In the Cantiere the space is dynamic, continuously modified, revised, adjusted, deformed, and doing gives way to undoing in order to redo.”
Among the artist’s recent solo shows, we can mention Antologia 1964-2019, curated by Elena Volpato and now in progress at GAM, Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin, Alla ricerca dell’equilibrio perduto, Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia (2018), Un prato in quattro tempi, La Statale Arte, Milan (2018), Le Pietre del Cielo: Paolo Icaro e Luigi Ghirri, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice (2017) and Respiro, all’interno dell’esterno dell’interno..., Fondazione VOLUME!, Rome (2017).
Paolo Icaro, Morse, 2017, plaster, cm.181,5x14x7
Paolo Icaro, Momento, incesto, 1995, plaster and lead, cm23x67x67
Paolo Icaro, Stele, affresco, 1992, plaster and acrylic, cm.185x37x18
Paolo Icaro, Racconto, oltremare, from 1969 (2005), Murano glass and lead, cm.100x135x11
Paolo Icaro, Momento, pietra dell’Adda, 1986, plaster and stone, cm.51x85x40
Paolo Icaro, Mappa, cherry bones, 2015, pencil on paper, pits, steel, cm.100x125x13
Paolo Icaro, Spazio, liberato, 2018, painted steel, cm.202x61x33
Paolo Icaro, Innesto, bosso, 2008-2009, woods and lead, cm.164x20x16
Paolo Icaro, Question, 2005, wood and stainless steel wire, cm.56x30x26
Paolo Icaro, Hopscotch, 1967, painted steel and galvanized steel chain, cm.8,5x400x250
Paolo Icaro, Trentuno pollici della mano sinistra, 1971, galvanized steel, cm.6x102,5x2
Paolo Icaro, Racconto, from 1969 (2018), Delrin and darkening paper, cm.11x19x12,5
Paolo Icaro, Racconto, from 1969 (2015), oak wood and darkening paper, cm.11x38x26
Paolo Icaro, Racconto, from 1969 (2016), steel and lead, cm.11x38x26
Paolo Icaro, Racconto, from 1969, multicolor onyx and lead, cm.11x38x26
Paolo Icaro, Racconto, from 1969 (2018), white onyx and lead, cm.11x38x26
Paolo Icaro, La stanza della favola, 1970-1976, installation, variable dimensions
Paolo Icaro, Pagine intime, 2008, plaster on polystyrene, cm.200x100x10
Paolo Icaro, Real Estate, 1976, newspapers, print on newspaper and glass, cm.3x140x123
Paolo Icaro, Misure dal corpo, Luogo del punto, assi, 1972, peralluman, cm.180x90x0,5
Paolo Icaro, Misure dal corpo, Luogo del punto, diagonali, 1972, peralluman, cm.180x90x0,5
Paolo Icaro, Misure dal corpo, Luogo del punto, ombelico, 1972, peralluman, cm.180x90x0,5
Paolo Icaro, Misure dal corpo, Luogo del punto, mente, 1972, peralluman, cm.180x90x0,5
Paolo Icaro, Misure dal corpo, Luogo del punto, testa, 1972, peralluman, cm.180x90x0,5