2009 divertissement

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Divertissement

Divertissement. Iron wire and sealing wax, 15×38 cm, 2009 [S0028]

2011 Compianto

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Compianto
[Video]

In this video, as the title indicates, Ferruccio Ascari goes back to a subject that belongs to the tradition of Christian sacred art, namely the Lamentation of Christ,[read more=”Read More”less=”Read Less”]a theme that begins in the 1300s with Giotto in the frescoes of the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua and then becomes popular in Italian art over the next two centuries.
Once again the artist starts with visual material from two previous installations – Luogo Presunto (Presumed Place) and Sapiens – also used in two other videos in the site, Artisti contro il nucleare and Prometheus which are interconnected in a subterranean way. The fixed shot, short time span and singular soundtrack – a traditional Lucanian chant belonging to the genre of the lamentation – determine the character of this video whose theme – that of death – intertwines with that of pity and horror regarding the massacres perpetrated by human beings against other human beings.[/read]

Compianto. 00’26”, 2011

2011 Sapiens

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Sapiens

SAPIENS is a ‘lighting body’ made in iron rod. The silhouette and dimensions are those of a tall adult man,[read more=”Read More”less=”Read Less”]over six feet tall. Its tail is an electric cord and its head is a light bulb.
SAPIENS is a hybrid object, both a sculpture and a lamp, and exists at the border between art and design. One could describe it as a poetic thought that casts light, or just a presence. Sapiens was conceived and realized in different versions, each characterized by a specific posture of the arms and hands, in the position of pointing at either the sky or the ground; of offering or welcoming…
Every piece of Sapiens is unique.[/read]

Sapiens, 1’41”, 2011
Sapiens. Iron wire, lightbulb, electric wire, different sizes, 2011 [S0029]

2015 Luogo Presunto

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Luogo
Presunto I

Luogo Presunto. Iron and gauze, variable dimensions, 2015 [S0033]

2016 Promethèus

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Promethèus
[Video]

The video can be seen as a development of Artisti contro il nucleare, made by Ferruccio Ascari at the time of the Referendum in 2011[read more=”Read More”less=”Read Less”]on the proposal to resume the production of nuclear power in Italy.
The visual material on which the artist draws is the same: an installation of slender figures made with metal wire, whose title – Sapiens – significantly alludes to the species to which they belong, its evolution, its achievements and the use that has been made of them over the course of history. An important feature of Prometheus is the soundtrack, Will be war soon?, a musical composition by Konstantin Trokay. The importance of the sound in this video is underlined by the darkness that accompanies many of the musical sequences: a darkness interrupted only by fleeting apparitions that seem to be the remains of a shattered world. The video, like the musical composition, raises questions about the future that may await us, and the use we human beings make of science and technology.[/read]

Promethèus, 04’55”, 2016 (teaser 0’33”)