Works by Leonardo Petrucci, Text by the astrophysicist Gianluca Masi, Virtual Telescope Project, Rome.
nm>contemporary is glad to present the exhibition Rubedo by Leonardo Petrucci especially conceived for Monaco Art Week and artmonte-carlo.
Leonardo Petrucci is a young Italian artist belonging to the artistic pole named « Pastificio Cerere » in Rome.
He had a one man show at Baruchello Foundation in Rome in 2016 and will present « Rubedo » in Monaco at the same time as the Baruchello exhibition at Villa Arson in Nice.
This liaison among the roman institution and that of Nice will allow the public of Monaco Art Week and artmonte-carlo 2018 to discover the continuity between a young talent and an important artist such as Gianfranco Baruchello, close to Marcel Duchamp, Jacques Lacan, Pierre Restany and the French New Realists.
The title “Rubedo” recalls the third and last phase of alchemic transmutation. During this phase, the matter becomes red and gets to the absolute perfection gaining a cosmic purity.
The exhibition is a synthesis of the alchemic process leading the visitor through two rooms.
Black is the dominant color of the first room and represents the Nigredo, the first alchemic phase, which means corruption and imperfection.
The works displayed recall geometrical solids whose symmetry is build and destroyed to evoke the contrast between limits and infinity.
In the second room the viewer experiences the matter’s purification walking in a red light ambience where a series of carpets, hand made by Indian artisans, reproduce faithfully the first images of Mars surface, taken by Rover Curiosity (NASA) in 2012.
The astronomic aspect of the show is a metaphor of the alchemist research of a new dimension, a pioneering action which makes the visitor direct protagonist of the first step on the new planet and a new mystique world.