Oil on canvas
Spatial concept, Waits, 7 cuts is one of the artworks by Lucio Fontana here exhibited. It belongs to the famous series of "Cuts" he begun in from 1958. Alongside the usual term "Spatial Concepts" that Fontana attributes to these works, he adds "Attesa" or "Attese" (Waits), 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 splits 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 Lucio Fontana himself in a letter to his friend Bardini in 1959: "either I'm a" saint "or I'm a" madman "!!! / But maybe I am a saint, I have endured too many oppressions that at this time I should be in an asylum, but these "waits" give me peace !!! in many years of work this is the happiest moment for me! ». Therefore, waiting 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 action, typical of Fontana's gestural expressiveness, documented by the famous photographs by Ugo Mulas. Beyond the canvas we can see the black gauze that the artist has affixed to the back to screen the light, to accentuate the cuts and the shadowing created by light itself, but also to provide the viewer with a key to enter infinity, the undefined and the void.