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Mauro Staccioli, Uguale-contrario, 2003 – Horti dell'Almo Collegio Borromeo, Pavia, 2022 (Foto Federico Giani)

Mauro Staccioli
, 2003

galvanized iron, 460 × 640 × 780 cm

Whether colored concrete or iron, Staccioli's work always maintains a strong constructive inspiration, which however is rarely self-sufficient. The forms come from rational thought, but are never axiomatic, the geometry that the artist frequents admits irregularity, invents free formats, which sometimes seem to defy the laws of gravity. Thus boldly shaped, the work finds its fulfillment in the environment that hosts it, be it the closed space of the exhibition or the open space of the urban environment. Uguale-Contario already in the title declares that the work rejects univocal definitions, and the artist does not hesitate to intervene on its readability of self-evident structure, if this is necessary for a more meaningful contribution with the space. It is the need to connect the upper corner of the wall with the floor that requires the sculpture to take on an arched shape, plastically developing the acute angle with which it insinuates itself into the edge of the wall, to then glide to the ground with another sharp edge.

from: Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro. La Collezione permanente, exhibition catalogue, edited by G. Verzotti, A. Vettese, Milano, Skira, 2007, p. 179.