Enrico Castellani - Superficie


Enrico Castellani
Born in 1930 in Castelmasa (Italy), died in 2017 in Viterbe (Italy)

Castellani is one of the most significant exponents of the latest generation of the Gruppo ZERO.
Since the late 1950s his work has been characterized by what is called ‘Superficies’ with their striking relief structure.
The latter is the result of an unconventional and ingenious technique in which the canvas is stretched like a membrane on an underlying nail structure. Thus structure becomes composition in the geometrical pattern arising from this process.
For this bracelet, the artist used a chisel, a tool which he last used ten years ago when working on paper.
With this tool he worked directly on a sheet of aluminium creating a geometrical relief structure that was then waxed and fused into gold.
The geometrical patterns created in these jewels alternate positive and negative space and establishing a strong interplay between light and shadow.

Superficie, 2012
Bracelet – White gold
6.7 x 6.6 cm
Edition of 12
Courtesy Gallery Cipriani
Coll. Diane Venet

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