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Cowhides with Live Wire & Star burnt with a Blow Torch
1982 - hides, live wire, flame on wall

On the villa's top floor, the artist chose a room where he has placed installations on opposite walls, inviting the visitor to walk through the middle of his work. A live wire emerges from two cow hides, which seem to be the source of its energy. The incandescent wire traces a well-defined line of red, the color of fire, which brings light and warmth to the space.
On the opposite wall, a large five-pointed star almost entirely covers the surface. This design, made by burning the stucco with a blow torch, creates an artful incision into the wall. During the creation process, the flame's heat melted the minerals contained in the mortar. This gave rise to a glassy substance, typical of metal fusions, as well as to the discoloration of the wall into varying shades of gray.

Gilberto Zorio

Gilberto Zorio (Adorno Micca, Italy 1944) lives and works in Turin. Recaling some of his personal shows we find those at: Galleria civica d'arte moderna, Trent (1996); Arte all'arte, Montalcino (1997); XLVII Biennale Internazionale d'Arte, Venice (1997); Piazza del Plebiscito, Naples (1998); stedeljk Museum voor Actuele Kunst; Ghent (1998); Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2000); Crestet centre d'art, Chateau de Siriane, Valréas (2000); Galleria civica d'arte modena e contemporanea, Turin (2001); Dia Art Foundation, Chelsea New York (2001); Kunstmuseum, Lucerne (2001); Tate Modern, London (2001); Hirshhorn Museum and Sculture Garden, Washington DC (2002); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2002), Museum of Contemporary art, Sydney (2002) ; Centro per l'arte contempooanea Luigi Pecci, Prato (2002); Centro per l'arte contemporanea, Warsaw (2002); Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent (2003); Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf (2003); Museum fur Angewandte Kunst, Vienna (2004); Stiftung Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisberg (2004), Kroller- Muller Museum, Otterlo (2004); Le Creux de l'enfer centre d' art contemporain, Thiers, France (2005); CAMeC, La Spezia (2006); Museum furNeue Kinst & Medienmuseum, Karlsruh (2006); Kunstmuseum Lichtenstein, Vaduz (2006); Kunst- und- Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutchalnd, Berlin (2006); Oredaria Arti Contemporanee, Rome (2007); MART, Rovereto (2007,2008); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2008); MamBo, Bologna (2009-10).

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