Suspended in Space
Incredibly playful and immediately misleading three dimensional doodles fill the gallery over two floors, near Charlotte Street. It is Almagno’s second show with Rosenfeld Porcini and one that deserves him and the gallery a larger audience. The artist has spent decades obsessed by wood and learning to manipulate it in the most unconventional ways. Based in Rome, for this show he has brought over a selection of works that defy logic and in some cases float so weightlessly in the space the pieces are indistinguishable from their shadows.
It is not just the sensitive lighting and the low ceilings, these pieces often have very few structural connections to the walls they sprout and dance from. Instead, careful balance and experimental fine tuning has afforded each of these pieces a lightness unusual in contemporary sculpture.
Confounding viewers, there are rhythms and tangles here, warped, wrapped spirals and weaves in a matt teak black, all the more magical against crisp white walls. There is also an uncharacteristic move away from wood, the artist introducing a floor piece made of an aluminium and pigment mix — still very much in keeping with the whirls and wonder of the contorted wood.
This is true craftsmanship. The show demonstrates an absolute master at work, an artist wielding complete control over his medium. For an exhibition to be this light and airy whilst packing such technical weight is a rare gem.
In fact, many of these works would fit very comfortably across town at the Line, a show curated by Drawing Room at the Lisson Gallery.
http://rosenfeldporcini.com/exhibitions/26/overview/ until February 13th