Antonio Barrese - The Light that Explores the Impossible

Antonio Barrese - The Light that Explores the Impossible
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Art, science and technology merge in the works of Antonio Barrese, a Milanese artist with a versatile and experimental spirit. Especially young protagonist of the Gruppo MID in the 1960s, Barrese ranged from Kinetic Art to design, photography to avant-garde cinema. The exhibition at the Fondazione Sozzani is a total journey through his research, with his exploration of producing images at its centre. From the interaction of objects in movement with differing film cameras comes the possibility to represent what the human eye doesn’t perceive and, without the intervention of the artist, would remain extraneous to the realm of consciousness. On display, we’ll see the pioneering kinetic images created between 1965 and 1972 with audacious photographic experimentation, but also the recent series Morphology Images. But also numerous interactive electronic and mechanical pieces which remind us of the famed Albero di Luce, kinetic and luminous installation measuring 33 metres in height which, in 2009, Barrese placed in front of Castello Sforzesco for the hundred-year celebration of the birth of Futurism. Light is a constant in the work of the Milanese artist who has a weakness for optics in general. In the exhibition, we can see this, thanks to an immersive environmental installation with loads of sparks and tiny but continuous electrical short circuits. Always different experiments but revolving around the same goal - the exploration of the “world to come” and the idea that art can offer “new probability to the impossible”.
Francesca Grego - © 2022 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano