Spatial Concept, Attese, 7 Cuts is one of the works by Lucio Fontana exhibited here belonging to the famous series of Tagli begun in 1958. Alongside the usual wording of "Spatial Concepts" that Fontana attributes to these works, he adds "Attesa" or "Attese" , based on the number of cuts on the canvas. How to explain these references? The dimension that Lucio Fontana explores is both spatial and conceptual at the same time. The first is investigated through the gesture, which cuts through the canvas, re-establishing the continuity between the space beyond and that on this side of the work's plane. The second, through a contemplative state, of concentration, of waiting precisely, which precedes the gestural one. The sense of waiting is explained by Fontana himself in a letter to his friend Bardini in 1959: «either I am a“ saint ”or I am a“ madman ”!!! / But maybe I am a saint, I have endured too many oppressions that at this time I should be in an asylum, instead these "waits" give me peace !!! in many years of work this is the happiest moment for me! ». Waiting therefore for Fontana is a pause, a timeless space necessary for the preparation of the gesture. Concept Spatial, Attese, 7 Cuts from 1963 stands out for its purity: the canvas - painted in monochromatic oil - is crossed by 7 clear cuts , made with a concise and clean gesture , typical of Fontana's gestures, also documented by the famous photographs by Ugo Mulas. Beyond the canvas we can see the black gauze that the artist has affixed on the back to screen the light, to accentuate the cuts and shadows created by the light itself, but also to provide the visitor with the key to access infinity , all 'indeterminate and to the void .
The work Rete Spaziale Rosso, Attesa , created by Lucio Fontana in 1965 and exhibited here, belongs to the famous series of Tagli begun in 1958. In Concepts Spaziale the red chromatic background houses a single central surgical laceration of the canvas. The cuts for Fontana, as he himself writes, are “above all a philosophical expression, an act of faith in the infinite, an affirmation of spirituality . When I sit in front of one of my cuts, to contemplate it, I suddenly feel a great relaxation of the spirit, I feel a man freed from the slavery of matter, a man who belongs to the vastness of the present and the future ".
Other works on display