By: Louk Vreeswijk

Nov 06 2022


Category: Europe, Italy

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In the 1960s, when ZERO was active in Germany, the Italian avant-garde started to explore the ‘perceptual dynamics of programmed art’. Dadamaino (Edoarda Emilia Maino) was one of them and the picture shows one of her works from the series Cromorilieve, made in the early 1970s, in which she has fixed solid forms on a square panel in an arrangement that is mathematically defined. While the work itself is static, the different colours or shades and shadows create a dynamic optical effect. In the picture we see only one of many possible manifestations, depending on the light falling on the object. We can imagine how the view of the object with its shadows will change when the direction of the light changes. It will result in ever so many changes in the way the object is perceived by the viewer’s eyes.

Dadamaino, Oggetto ottico dinamico (Optical dynamic object) 1960-61, Biennale, Venice 2022

In another work (see picture) she has suspended milled aluminium plates, painted yellow, with black nylon threads in a black wooden frame. Since the plates are floating in the air we see subtle shadows at the bottom of the frame, which again would change with changes in the direction of the light.

Seeing work of artists like Dadamaino among the works of all the other artists at the 59th Biennale is a pleasant surprise, at times even a welcome relief.

Photo of the week: Dadamaino, Cromorilievo, inclinazione 30°- dal grigio 76 al 90, 1974, Venice Biennale, Italy 2022

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