2012 Corpi Celesti II


Celesti II

It is interesting to observe how certain questions addressed by Ascari’s work resurface, perhaps after many years, almost to resume a discussion that has not been interrupted[read]but has simply flowed underground, then returning and taking on new forms. This is what happens, for example, in the cycle of works under the title Corpi celesti (Heavenly Bodies), including a series of works on paper from 2006 and an installation in 2012. The same can be said for the reprise of a sound installation from 1978, Vibractions, now shown in a new version that maintains the conceptual approach of the original. The cycle Corpi celesti arises from a question – regarding the force that holds things together or repels them – that is the conceptual nucleus of many other works by the artist. A question that stays open, taking on different configurations each time, reinterpreted through different languages and different materials. In the works on paper in lampblack or curcuma, an invisible centrifugal force subtracts weight from the bodies that wander in the empty space of the sheets. Once again, the void is a latent space rendered “active” by what crosses it, a generative factor on both the temporal and the spatial planes.[/read]

Corpi Celesti. Curcuma on paper, 9 sheets 35×50 cm each, 2006-2012 [DG0028 a-i]