Image above: Variable round image, 1990
NEW YORK, NY (3/26/2015-5/2/2015) – De Buck Gallery is pleased to announce an upcoming exhibition by acclaimed Italian artist Alberto Biasi, entitled Unlimited Perception. The exhibition marks Biasi’s debut at De Buck Gallery, and his first solo exhibition in New York since 1971. The exhibition will be on view from March 26 through May 2, with an opening reception to be held on April 16 from 6-8 PM, which the artist is scheduled to attend.
Alberto Biasi first came to prominence in 1960s Italy as a founding member of the Gruppo N, and is today hailed as a pioneer figure in the field of optical art – and more specifically, Italy’s Arte Programmata movement. After the dissolution of Gruppo N in late 1964, Biasi embarked upon evolving the principles that were first developed as part of this collective artist group, and in earlier works like the Trame series, which dates from the late 1950s. Throughout his lengthy career, Biasi has sought to explore the visual possibilities of utilizing a mixture of traditional and untraditional materials – including PVC, mirrors, and light itself.
The works selected for Unlimited Perception include a retrospective overview of two of the main series that Biasi has worked with for decades – the Torsioni, simple geometric forms enlivened by a rhythmic procession of PVC strips, and the Rilievi Ottico-Dinamici, colorful explosions that seem to vibrate via the grids of PVC that hover above painted designs. This sense of movement is key to the experience of Biasi’s work. Despite their relatively flat surfaces, these works are undeniably dynamic. Inspired both by his precursors, such as Futurism’s interest in movement, and the works of his contemporaries – namely Jesus-Rafael Soto, Biasi’s work remains an intriguing development in the age-old quest to capture a realistic, and individualized, sense of movement, and in Biasi’s case, the result is almost hypnotic.
Alberto Biasi was born in Padua, Italy in 1937, where he continues to live and work today. In 1960, Biasi formed the collective Gruppo N with his friend and collaborator Manfredo Massironi. A major figure in post-war Italian art, Biasi’s work has been exhibited in a number of important exhibitions at institutions worldwide, including the ground-breaking 1965 exhibition The Responsive Eye at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and the 2014 exhibition AZIMUT/H: Continuity and Newness at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. Other exhibitions include those at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (Buenos Aires), the Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg), the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, (Rome), and the Hirshhorn Museum (Washington, DC).