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These Life-Sized Iron Sculptures Are Completely Incomplete

These sculptures look like permanent works in progress.
January 16, 2016, 3:30pm
Images courtesy the artist and White Noise Gallery

One of the lovely things about art is that there are so many ways for it to be fully-formed. If someone someone built a chair with just one leg, it couldn't fulfill its function as a chair. But a contour drawing of a single line can fulfill its function just as effectively as a massive, intricately detailed oil painting. Roberto Fanari's sculptures, which are displayed at Rome's White Noise Gallery in his show Ferro (Italian for "iron"), perfectly illustrate the myriad different ways a piece of art can be thought of as being complete. The sculptures are filled in in some areas, left empty in others. To make them either completely filled or bare-bones outlines would have both been effective decisions. But the mixture of both is far more evocative than simply chosing one or the other.

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"Equilibrium is the essence of my work," writes Fanari. "Equilibrium between full and empty, black and white, line and (non)colour. In my sculptures I use iron rods as the painter uses the line in order to define a volume on a biplanar canvas; here the line is also the physical support which draws and occupies the space giving shape to the volume."

Ferro opens at White Noise Gallery on January 23rd. For more information on Roberto Fanari's work, click here.

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