“Tracce” a cura di Nicolas Ballario

From October 2020 to April 9, 2021, the new project by Valerio Berruti: “Tracce” will be held simultaneously in the galleries of Milan, Turin and Verona.

The MARCOROSSI artecontemporanea gallery has reopened the exhibition season in its galleries with a solo show by Valerio Berruti entitled “Tracce”, curated by Nicolas Ballario.

The “Traces” cycle, premiered in Pietrasanta in the summer of 2019, brings together a series of works on which the artist has been working since 2009 and represents a transversal line that unites his previous works with sculptural experimentation.

The drawing, which is always the basis of Berruti’s work, becomes in “Traces” a sign engraved within steel plates of different sizes, just like a negative trace of his shadow sculptures. The artist’s trait, always so recognizable, is sometimes emphasized by a vitrified resin that heats the steel and transforms it into a sculpture that plays with light, which changes with the exposure and the passing of the hours.

The technique used is waterjet cutting, a very high pressure water jet (up to 7,000 bar) used by Berruti to cut steel plates. The complexity of programming and the need to turn to highly specialized personnel make artistic rendering very difficult, each piece requires numerous tests and experiments (just look at the diversity of execution and use of the materials of each work), but over the years the artist has managed to overcome these difficulties by creating works that combine the charm of his design with high technology.

The theme of childhood, addressed, explored and experimented by Berruti through ever different techniques and points of view, is once again at the center of his poetics. The works on display, depending on the size and needs, can be placed on the ground or displayed on the wall by exploiting the mixture of genres that is typical of this cycle.

The exhibition is completed by some drawings of different sizes, which take up the concept of steel works, with the shape engraved on cardboard that stands out on a metal background.

In March, a volume was presented, which like the solo exhibition is edited by Nicolas Ballario, which brings together the works of the entire cycle.