Area 119 / Gaetano Pesce

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Going against the current  

To exercise the profession   and art that Gaetano Pesce   makes his livelihood from,   and to live it to the fullest,   takes a visionary and thus   revolutionary ability that is   a combination between the   craftsman’s pragmatism and   the artist’s poetic imagination,   and that bears witness to   an equally natural and   exceptional familiarity with   construction methods capable   of turning every gesture into   extraordinary ideas and   ordinary things into amazing   ones, it is “incidentally”   necessary to be born in La   Spezia but to live in New   York. However, it is clear that   a simple biographic note,   even if figuratively gratifying   as the part for the whole,   cannot reconstruct a critical   and operational trajectory that   is as complex as it is coherent,   capable of covering – and   inspiring with the charge of its   own propulsive drive – forty   years of debate and cultural   projection in terms of design   and architectural planning.   Certainly, if the imaginative   and at the same time domestic   work of Gaetano Pesce is   self-nourished by an efficient   and “healthy” irony that   characterizes the fairy-tale   pop that inspires all his design   proposals, it would be limiting   not to read, in the irresistible   attraction of his performance,   an acute and profound   critical analysis of a reality that consistently contradicts  ordinariness from desires.  The famous and extraordinary  couch “sunset in New York”  – but we could say the same  for many of the countless  objects of his focused  production – interprets,  through the metaphor of  living and the metropolis,  the dream and myth of the  journey, giving everyone  a possibility to realize and  gain sustenance from their  dreams. At the same time  “Italy Crucified”, the project  presented at the Triennale  in Milan in 2011, is an  equally ruthless and dramatic  anticipation-denunciation of a  condition that has immediately  manifested itself in all its  painful topicality. Objects,  images and actions that we  perhaps think but don’t dare  to attempt; it is this ability to  make the unusual possible and  appreciable, to give voice and  substance to the imagination  that is the source of inspiration  of the intellective and creative  action of this anti-conventional  master. In fact, it is a matter  of a trajectory and experience  that is unrepeatable, personal  and original, that is not  only marked by his critical  contribution but also by a  recognized ability to combine  the technical-rational ability of  someone who shapes materials  with the simplicity of a builder  and the experimental intuition  of a alchemist. The importance  of his innovative contribution  is in fact expressed along with  a research of materials that is  as consistent as it is efficient,  and that drives chromatic  effects to the sphere of the  persuasive tactility achieved  with the use and knowledge  of plastic materials, resins and  polyurethanes, that the author  often constructs, moulds and  realizes himself. In this shifting  of the border between natural  and artificial, in this con-fusion  between reality and virtuality,  Gaetano Pesce is today, for  objects and design, what Antoni Gaudí has been for architecture.

Marco Casamonti

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