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1986 - terracotta, water

The artist chose the left tower of the fattoria where two flights of stairs lead to a rectangular opening, which once served as a grain chute. In this marginal space, Mainolfi chose natural terracotta to make a biomorphic form which rises five meters from the bottom of the well. The work seems to be a living column, whose surface is covered with markings resembling those on the skin of a reptile. The animal has antennae, a gaping mouth, and a menacing appearance as it stretches upward in an attempt to escape. On the side walls a number of small organic terracotta forms, like small aquatic animals, follow the "serpent" with the same goal of evasion.


Luigi Mainolfi

Luigi Mainolfi was born in Rotondi (Avellino) in 1948. He lives and works in Turin.

Among his one-man shows we recall here the ones held at Rimini (1992); Gian Ferrari Arte Contemporanea, Milan (1992/1996); Villa delle Rose, Bologna (1994); The Italian Cultural Institute, Paris (1995); Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea , Turin and la Società Promotrice delle Belle Arti, Turin (1995); Rotonda di San Pietro, Asti (1995); Fish Market, Pesaro (1998); "La Marrana" Associazione culturale, Montemarcello (1999); Sapporo Art Park, Japan (2001); Parco della Padula, Carrara (2002); Complesso di Santa Sofia, Salerno (2005); Pinacoteca Comunale, Varallo Pombia (Novara,2005); 2000 & Novecento Galleria d'Arte, Reggio Emilia (2007-8); Galleria Paola Verrengia, Salerno (2008-2009); Palazzo Madama, Turin (2011).

In 2005 he carried out the project "Al tempo delle rotonde" with the Art in Erba Association. In 2011 he installed his piece titled "For Those Who Fly" on the roof of the Fattoria building.

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