07/10/2015 Gianni Colombo

Recently I have stumbled upon an Italian artist from the 70s who was engaged in Kinetic Art movement in Italy. Currently he is having an exhibition in London, in a small gallery called Robilant+Voena from the 2 Oct – 20 Nov 2015. I hope to go and see it, the next time I am in London.

What is striking about his art work is that it is so different yet so similar to today’s light and space installations.

His show is called ‘The Body and Space’ 1979. Colombo said that he sets out to stimulate eyes, minds and bodies. He did not want to create purely visual phenomena involving light vibrations or kinetic effects, but rather challenge consolidated momentary of perception on every level.

Colombo’s piece is called ‘Topoesthesia – three contiguous zones (programmed itinerary)’ , a dark room with fluorescent light strings which light up visual lines thus creating a totally different dimensions of the room than what they are. Therefore you may feel dizzy and that the room is slanted rather than straight, but infact it is a straight room.

A close up image of how the strings create the illusion.

This image shows the final outcome of the illusion. 

Colombo’s other pieces that connect to light and space is his previous piece called ‘Elastic Space’ 1975. A dark room atomized by a three-dimensional motorized grid made of string and illuminated by blacklight. Created space out of strings within a space, created boundaries. It feels like you have entered a video game, also connects to this year’s Biennale exhibition in the German pavilion.

What I have also found about Colombo that he was part of the Kinetic artists and in the Group T which is the Group Time.

What Colombo has also achieved was a work called Strutturazione Pulsante 1959.

A wall made out of polystyrene with a moving mechanism behind it making the rectangular shapes move and ‘pulse’. This idea structed me as something I can use in a space, making a mechanism that creates a space to appear to move on the viewers.

I find kinetic art very interesting and something that I can potentially use in my piece. I do hope to experiment with it soon.



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