At Gallery Montoro 12 in Brussels, the new solo exhibition by Alessandro Brighetti leads visitors into a world made up of self-sufficient devices that remind us of human beings and their bodies, the bioethic and cultural structure of the social organism. The CUT, in fact, is articulated through a series of works (there are approximately twenty, of various sizes) in dialogue with each other, which are presented as unitary entities, monads in a story where everything becomes a symptom of a post-organic, mechanical and industrial plasticity. «My research», states the artist, «concentrates on available and less conventional energy, at least that which does not take into account the production of electricity – energy that is, therefore, cleaner and more universally available».
Every wire, every high voltage divider, every solar cell, every heat-shrink tube, every cable duct, every electric and USB socket (and how can one not think of their erotic charge, their symbolic value), in short, every material used in the new scenario shaped by Brighetti is viewed not only in its specificity but also, and more importantly, in its reconstructed shape, in its being a chromatic sign, reproposed as structure, energy charge and motility factor.
«The research outcome started during a residency at the Mana Contemporary in New York (2016-2017), with the sculpture production» in question «focusing on» several objects which become for the artist «metonyms and symbols of global energy bulimia». Tensione (2017), 1.200 A (2017), Extension (2018), Pattern (2018) and 2 drammi (2018) are all closed and complex mechanisms (varied escape routes from a capitalist model) where electrical conduction gives way to a mental condition, a psychic trend that reinvents the electropath by transferring creative and tautologic autonomy to the object.
The CUT is an exhibition consisting of… just that, cuts: cuts understood as suspensions, connections designed around principles of Gestaltpsychologie – that of “proximity” and “good continuity” –introducing spectators to a flux where everything is self-produced, within an imaginary boundary where everything is self-sustaining, almost creating a sustainability that looks into the future: a perfect or perfectible equilibrium.
Alessandro Brighetti, «The Cut», Montoro 12 Gallery, Bruxelles
images (all) Alessandro Brighetti. THE CUT, Montoro 12 Gallery, Bruxelles, installation view.