From large installations to small objects, sculptures to compositions of fluorocarbon threads, Paolo Cavinato’s main challenge remains his only objective: to look elsewhere, to imagine the invisible. And the exhibition Another Place is no exception. On show at The Flat - Massimo Carasi gallery in Milan. Another Place was conceived in relation to Limen – an exhibition that will run concurrently at Palazzo Te, in Mantua –, and focuses on the artist's most recent works.
The exhibition plan brings together a nucleus of works that exemplifies the poetic of Paolo Cavinato, centered around the concept of thresholds and boundaries, both fundamental elements of an artistic search that constantly examines the idea of otherness. These aspects figure in the works on both an aesthetic level – with references to rooms, houses, empty places – as well as in the inferred states they embody – stasis, reflection, desire. To these, new and important innovations in the artist's expressive repertoire are added: from the use of color in relation to time as the fourth dimension, to the use of the sound as a complementary component to the idea of movement.
If the relationships between finite and infinite, chaos and order have always been constants of his work, on this occasion Paolo Cavinato plunges his analysis into the middle ground between reality and representation. To do this, he creates an engaging environment, a multisensory space where echoes of dimensions far and near converge to tell of a world whose nature is yet to be grasped.
Bursts of incandescent color unleash an energy that takes visitors back to a distant era, deluding them into believing that they are where the universe began. In that space, where everything was pure movement, it is also possible to perceive time in its essence: unstable, relative, changeable. Here, the invitation is to connect to the works, give in to their singular, vital drive and allow oneself to be carried away.
Symbolic of this situational tension is Breath (2021), which sets the scene for a gradual transition towards a faraway dimension. The three sculptures that compose the work, albeit static, reveal this sense of movement in their details: the shading tones of blue that color them, the shapes that differentiate them, the light that animates them from within, the sounds that give them breath. The musical component, created by composer Stefano Trevisi, extends throughout the exhibition, completing its suggestive configuration with subtle and delicate sounds.
Another Place is thus configured as both a synthesis of the last ten years of Paolo Cavinato's artistic research, and a pivotal point in its evolutionary trajectory.