PRIMO MARELLA GALLERY

la Luce Prima

16 November 2017 - 26 January 2018

 
Primo Marella is pleased to present la Luce Prima, Gianfranco Zappettini’s first solo show at the gallery. La Luce Prima is a thrilling project expressly conceived for the gallery venue: an unreleased installation composed of overlapping meshes merges with the iconic artworks of the Seventies, where the artist' statement becomes keener and extreme.     
 
            In over forty years of activity, Zappettini has contributed to reconstruct the pictorial framework and to provide a new reading of the working process. Born in Genoa in 1939, student of the acclaimed architect Konrad Wachsmann, he has travelled through Europe to search for those consonances based on analytical abstraction that are the basis of his work. Afterwards, he has deepened the symbolic value of the painter's method and the various elements at his disposal.
 
            In recent years, with the series “La trama e l’ordito” (The weft and the warp), he has plumbed the ancestral significance of pictorial practice, where the surface backs into what it was at the beginning, an "opaque" space, as Douglas Crimp said, that does not reflect other worlds and refers to nothing but itself. The symbolism of weaving, which flagged in the artist’s family history, lumps together the creation of a canvas or a painting, or even a written text as contained in the word “textus”.
 
            As Alberto Rigoni explains in the catalogue, this exhibition - specifically designed for Primo Marella Gallery - shows for the first time some meshes released by the frame and suspended in a spectacular installation as imperceptible surfaces that attract the viewer indoors: a movement towards a space, where there are still objects of painting. The same goes for the historical works, which collect this suggestion and drive the visitor to the theoretical and practical research of the Seventies.
 
            And then - or rather, before - there is Light. With a unique and unreleased work, Gianfranco Zappettini has pushed the level of his speech even further. The pivotal artwork of the exhibition brought with it a light of Wood, indefinable and undefined color, present and yet elusive, which interferes with all the other surfaces in the area - especially the white ones. The title of the work, la Luce Prima, remains in the verge of two interpretations, which are not that different: Light comes first and is at the centre of everything, at the same time it is a primordial, invisible light but still perceptible.
 
            White monochrome paintings, overlapping thin canvases where the only sign is an ethereal line of graphite, a reflection on the artist's gesture and thought, synthetic meshes that invite the viewer to approach, and a nearly black light that is impossible to grasp – all these different elements revolve around a cornerstone which is the signature of Gianfranco Zappettini‘s unceasing career: a painting as a tool of deeper knowledge.
Luce bianca su 24 rettangoli

Gianfranco Zappettini

Luce bianca su 24 rettangoli
1973
Acrylic on canvas
Cm 100 x 100

Luce bianca su 24 rettangoli
1973 - Acrylic on canvas - Cm 100 x 100

Luce bianca su 24 rettangoli

Gianfranco Zappettini

Luce bianca su 24 rettangoli
1973
Acrylic on canvas
Cm 70 x 60

Luce bianca su 24 rettangoli
1973 - Acrylic on canvas - Cm 70 x 60

Superficie Acrilica n. 324

Gianfranco Zappettini

Superficie Acrilica n. 324
1974
Acrylic on canvas
Cm 60 x 60

Superficie Acrilica n. 324
1974 - Acrylic on canvas - Cm 60 x 60

Superficie acrilica n 423

Gianfranco Zappettini

Superficie acrilica n 423
1974
Acrylic on canvas
Cm 60 x 60

Superficie acrilica n 423
1974 - Acrylic on canvas - Cm 60 x 60

Luce bianca su una linea orizzontale e un quadrato

Gianfranco Zappettini

Luce bianca su una linea orizzontale e un quadrato
1974
Acrylic on canvas
Cm 80 x 80

Luce bianca su una linea orizzontale e un quadrato
1974 - Acrylic on canvas - Cm 80 x 80

Superficie Analitica T.S.189

Gianfranco Zappettini

Superficie Analitica T.S.189
1975
Graphite on overlapping transparent canvases
Cm 80 x 80

Superficie Analitica T.S.189
1975 - Graphite on overlapping transparent canvases - Cm 80 x 80

Superficie Analitica T.S.167

Gianfranco Zappettini

Superficie Analitica T.S.167
1975
Graphite on overlapping transparent canvases
Cm 80 x 80

Superficie Analitica T.S.167
1975 - Graphite on overlapping transparent canvases - Cm 80 x 80

Superficie Analitica T.S.188

Gianfranco Zappettini

Superficie Analitica T.S.188
1975
Graphite on overlapping transparent canvases
Cm 80 x 80

Superficie Analitica T.S.188
1975 - Graphite on overlapping transparent canvases - Cm 80 x 80

Superficie Analitica T.S.158

Gianfranco Zappettini

Superficie Analitica T.S.158
1975
Graphite on overlapping transparent canvases
Cm 80 x 80

Superficie Analitica T.S.158
1975 - Graphite on overlapping transparent canvases - Cm 80 x 80

Tele Sovrapposte n 162

Gianfranco Zappettini

Tele Sovrapposte n 162
1975
Graphite on overlapping transparent canvases
Cm 80 x 80

Tele Sovrapposte n 162
1975 - Graphite on overlapping transparent canvases - Cm 80 x 80

Grafite 2b su tele sovrapposte n 156

Gianfranco Zappettini

Grafite 2b su tele sovrapposte n 156
1975
Graphite on overlapping transparent canvases
Cm 130 x 130

Grafite 2b su tele sovrapposte n 156
1975 - Graphite on overlapping transparent canvases - Cm 130 x 130

Dal Gesto alla Linea

Gianfranco Zappettini

Dal Gesto alla Linea
1976
Acrylic painting and photographic technique
Cm 52,5 x 72,5, cm 52,5 x 42,5 (x 3)

Dal Gesto alla Linea
1976 - Acrylic painting and photographic technique - Cm 52,5 x 72,5, cm 52,5 x 42,5 (x 3)

Processo analitico n 3

Gianfranco Zappettini

Processo analitico n 3
1976
Acrylic painting and photographic technique
Cm 17,5 x 51,5, cm 17,5 x 17,5 (x 11)

Processo analitico n 3
1976 - Acrylic painting and photographic technique - Cm 17,5 x 51,5, cm 17,5 x 17,5 (x 11)

Processo Analitico (Il Punto) nei tempi A B C

Gianfranco Zappettini

Processo Analitico (Il Punto) nei tempi A B C
1977
Acrylic paint and photographic technique
Cm 17,5 x 52; cm 21 x 21 (x 8)

Processo Analitico (Il Punto) nei tempi A B C
1977 - Acrylic paint and photographic technique - Cm 17,5 x 52; cm 21 x 21 (x 8)

Processo analitico nei tempi A B  La campitura 2

Gianfranco Zappettini

Processo analitico nei tempi A B La campitura 2
1977
Acrylic on canvas and photographic process
Cm 73,5 x 37

Processo analitico nei tempi A B La campitura 2
1977 - Acrylic on canvas and photographic process - Cm 73,5 x 37

Processo analitico nei tempi A B  La campitura 1

Gianfranco Zappettini

Processo analitico nei tempi A B La campitura 1
1977
Acrylic on canvas and photographic process
Cm 73,5 x 37

Processo analitico nei tempi A B La campitura 1
1977 - Acrylic on canvas and photographic process - Cm 73,5 x 37

La trama e l

Gianfranco Zappettini

La trama e l'ordito n 75
2016
Acrylic, Fassadenputz and wall-net on canvas
Cm 100 x 100

La trama e l'ordito n 75
2016 - Acrylic, Fassadenputz and wall-net on canvas - Cm 100 x 100

La trama e l

Gianfranco Zappettini

La trama e l'ordito n 30
2016
Acrylic on wall-net and wooden board
Cm 80 x 80

La trama e l'ordito n 30
2016 - Acrylic on wall-net and wooden board - Cm 80 x 80

La trama e l

Gianfranco Zappettini

La trama e l'ordito n 37
2016
Acrylic on wall-net and wooden board
Cm 80 x 80

La trama e l'ordito n 37
2016 - Acrylic on wall-net and wooden board - Cm 80 x 80

La trama e l

Gianfranco Zappettini

La trama e l'ordito n 41
2016
Acrylic on wallnet and wooden board
Cm 80 x 80

La trama e l'ordito n 41
2016 - Acrylic on wallnet and wooden board - Cm 80 x 80

La trama e l

Gianfranco Zappettini

La trama e l'ordito n 42
2016
Acrylic on wallnet and wooden board
Cm 80 x 80

La trama e l'ordito n 42
2016 - Acrylic on wallnet and wooden board - Cm 80 x 80

La trama e l

Gianfranco Zappettini

La trama e l'ordito n 96
2016
Acrylic, Fassadenputz and wallnet on canvas
Cm 80 x 80

La trama e l'ordito n 96
2016 - Acrylic, Fassadenputz and wallnet on canvas - Cm 80 x 80

La trama e l

Gianfranco Zappettini

La trama e l'ordito n 102
2016
Resin and acrylic on canvas
Cm 60 x 60

La trama e l'ordito n 102
2016 - Resin and acrylic on canvas - Cm 60 x 60

La trama e l

Gianfranco Zappettini

La trama e l'ordito n 109
2016
Resin and acrylic on canvas
Cm 60 x 60

La trama e l'ordito n 109
2016 - Resin and acrylic on canvas - Cm 60 x 60

La trama e l

Gianfranco Zappettini

La trama e l'ordito n 110
2016
Resin and acrylic on canvas
Cm 60 x 60

La trama e l'ordito n 110
2016 - Resin and acrylic on canvas - Cm 60 x 60

La trama e l

Gianfranco Zappettini

La trama e l'ordito n 111
2016
Resin and acrylic on canvas
Cm 60 x 60

La trama e l'ordito n 111
2016 - Resin and acrylic on canvas - Cm 60 x 60

La trama e l

Gianfranco Zappettini

La trama e l'ordito n 50
2017
Acrylic on wall-net
100 x 100

La trama e l'ordito n 50
2017 - Acrylic on wall-net - 100 x 100

La trama e l

Gianfranco Zappettini

La trama e l'ordito n 25
2017
Acrylic on wall-net
Cm 420 x 100

La trama e l'ordito n 25
2017 - Acrylic on wall-net - Cm 420 x 100

La trama e l

Gianfranco Zappettini

La trama e l'ordito n 26
2017
Acrylic on wall-net
Cm 420 x 100

La trama e l'ordito n 26
2017 - Acrylic on wall-net - Cm 420 x 100

La trama e l

Gianfranco Zappettini

La trama e l'ordito n 27
2017
Acrylic on wall-net
Cm 420 x 100

La trama e l'ordito n 27
2017 - Acrylic on wall-net - Cm 420 x 100

La trama e l

Gianfranco Zappettini

La trama e l'ordito n 28
2017
Acrylic on wall-net
Cm 420 x 100

La trama e l'ordito n 28
2017 - Acrylic on wall-net - Cm 420 x 100

La trama e l

Gianfranco Zappettini

La trama e l'ordito n 29
2017
Acrylic on wall-net
Cm 420 x 100

La trama e l'ordito n 29
2017 - Acrylic on wall-net - Cm 420 x 100

La trama e l

Gianfranco Zappettini

La trama e l'ordito n 30
2017
Acrylic on wall-net
Cm 420 x 100

La trama e l'ordito n 30
2017 - Acrylic on wall-net - Cm 420 x 100

La trama e l

Gianfranco Zappettini

La trama e l'ordito n 31
2017
Acrylic on wall-net
Cm 420 x 100

La trama e l'ordito n 31
2017 - Acrylic on wall-net - Cm 420 x 100

La trama e l

Gianfranco Zappettini

La trama e l'ordito n 32
2017
Acrylic on wall-net
Cm 420 x 100

La trama e l'ordito n 32
2017 - Acrylic on wall-net - Cm 420 x 100

La trama e l

Gianfranco Zappettini

La trama e l'ordito n 33
2017
Acrylic on wall-net
Cm 420 x 100

La trama e l'ordito n 33
2017 - Acrylic on wall-net - Cm 420 x 100

La trama e l

Gianfranco Zappettini

La trama e l'ordito n 34
2017
Acrylic on wall-net
Cm 420 x 100

La trama e l'ordito n 34
2017 - Acrylic on wall-net - Cm 420 x 100

La trama e l

Gianfranco Zappettini

La trama e l'ordito n 35
2017
Acrylic on wall-net
Cm 420 x 100

La trama e l'ordito n 35
2017 - Acrylic on wall-net - Cm 420 x 100

La trama e l

Gianfranco Zappettini

La trama e l'ordito n 36
2017
Acrylic on wall-net
Cm 420 x 100

La trama e l'ordito n 36
2017 - Acrylic on wall-net - Cm 420 x 100

La trama e l

Gianfranco Zappettini

La trama e l'ordito n 37
2017
Acrylic on wall-net
Cm 420 x 100

La trama e l'ordito n 37
2017 - Acrylic on wall-net - Cm 420 x 100

La trama e l

Gianfranco Zappettini

La trama e l'ordito n 38
2017
Acrylic on wall-net
Cm 420 x 100

La trama e l'ordito n 38
2017 - Acrylic on wall-net - Cm 420 x 100

La trama e l

Gianfranco Zappettini

La trama e l'ordito n 39
2017
Acrylic on wall-net
Cm 420 x 100

La trama e l'ordito n 39
2017 - Acrylic on wall-net - Cm 420 x 100

La trama e l

Gianfranco Zappettini

La trama e l'ordito n 40
2017
Acrylic on wall-net
Cm 420 x 100

La trama e l'ordito n 40
2017 - Acrylic on wall-net - Cm 420 x 100

La trama e l

Gianfranco Zappettini

La trama e l'ordito n 41
2017
Resin and acrylic on canvas
Cm 420 x 100

La trama e l'ordito n 41
2017 - Resin and acrylic on canvas - Cm 420 x 100

La trama e l

Gianfranco Zappettini

La trama e l'ordito n 42
2017
Acrylic on wall-net
Cm 420 x 100

La trama e l'ordito n 42
2017 - Acrylic on wall-net - Cm 420 x 100

La trama e l

Gianfranco Zappettini

La trama e l'ordito n 43
2017
Acrylic on wall-net
Cm 420 x 100

La trama e l'ordito n 43
2017 - Acrylic on wall-net - Cm 420 x 100

La trama e l

Gianfranco Zappettini

La trama e l'ordito n 44
2017
Acrylic on wall-net
Cm 420 x 100

La trama e l'ordito n 44
2017 - Acrylic on wall-net - Cm 420 x 100

La trama e l

Gianfranco Zappettini

La trama e l'ordito n 8
2017
Acrylic on wall-net
Cm 365 x 100

La trama e l'ordito n 8
2017 - Acrylic on wall-net - Cm 365 x 100

La Luce Prima n 63

Gianfranco Zappettini

La Luce Prima n 63
2017
Resin and acrylic on wooden board and Wood’s lamp
Cm 255 x 175

La Luce Prima n 63
2017 - Resin and acrylic on wooden board and Wood’s lamp - Cm 255 x 175

La trama e l

Gianfranco Zappettini

La trama e l'ordito n 67
2017
Acrylic on wall-net
Cm 170 x 170

La trama e l'ordito n 67
2017 - Acrylic on wall-net - Cm 170 x 170

La trama e l

Gianfranco Zappettini

La trama e l'ordito n 59
2017
Acrylic, Fassadenputz and wall-net on canvas
Cm 80 x 80

La trama e l'ordito n 59
2017 - Acrylic, Fassadenputz and wall-net on canvas - Cm 80 x 80

La trama e l

Gianfranco Zappettini

La trama e l'ordito n 66
2017
Acrylic on wallnet and wooden board
Cm 80 x 80

La trama e l'ordito n 66
2017 - Acrylic on wallnet and wooden board - Cm 80 x 80

La trama e l

Gianfranco Zappettini

La trama e l'ordito n 68
2017
Acrylic on wallnet and wooden board
Cm 100 x 100

La trama e l'ordito n 68
2017 - Acrylic on wallnet and wooden board - Cm 100 x 100

La trama e l

Gianfranco Zappettini

La trama e l'ordito n 20
2017
Acrylic, Fassadenputz and wallnet on canvas
Cm 170 x 170

La trama e l'ordito n 20
2017 - Acrylic, Fassadenputz and wallnet on canvas - Cm 170 x 170

La Luce Prima n° 69

Gianfranco Zappettini

La Luce Prima n° 69
2017
Resin and acrylic on wooden board and Wood’s lamp
Cm 100 x 100

La Luce Prima n° 69
2017 - Resin and acrylic on wooden board and Wood’s lamp - Cm 100 x 100

La Luce Prima n° 70

Gianfranco Zappettini

La Luce Prima n° 70
2017
Resin and acrylic on wooden board and Wood’s lamp
Cm 100 x 100

La Luce Prima n° 70
2017 - Resin and acrylic on wooden board and Wood’s lamp - Cm 100 x 100

La Luce Prima n° 71

Gianfranco Zappettini

La Luce Prima n° 71
2017
Resin and acrylic on wooden board and Wood’s lamp
Cm 150 x 70

La Luce Prima n° 71
2017 - Resin and acrylic on wooden board and Wood’s lamp - Cm 150 x 70