The ten sculptures in walnut wood, as well as the drawings on paper, all works created in 2017, tell the same number of worlds, as many forms. The stacks are made simple, necessary, inaccessible, so De Lucchi’s sculptures become symbols of an ancient construction and offer a reflection on today’s aesthetic and functional values.
“Cataste” Michele De Lucchi
November 13, 2017 – January 12, 2018
Galleria Antonia Jannone
Corso Garibaldi, 125
Let me for a moment idealize the concept of stack. They are really altars to nature and woods. The word “pile” then is itself a poem, for the wood it is made of, for what it evokes and, in the Italian language, for the sound of the word itself. I know that they are not always beautiful and cared for and often they are an outrage to the environment and the landscape. But sometimes the stacks are real constructions, small houses or real cathedrals with large roofs that cover them, holding the small pieces together and sheltering from the rain and snow.
MICHELE DE LUCCHI
Michele De Lucchi, architect, was a member of Alchimia and Memphis. He has designed lighting and furniture for the most important Italian industries including Artemide, Olivatti, Alias and Unifor. He has undertaken building renovation projects for Enel, Olivetti, Piaggio, Poste Italiane , Telecom Italia, and Zambon. He has curated the lay out of a number of art and design exhibitions and has designed buildings for institutions such as the Triennale in Milano, Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome and the Neues in the fields of technology and manual crafts. In 1990 he founded Produzione Privata as a platform for the promotion of products made with artisanal techniques. Since 2004 he has been creating wooden sculptures with a chainsaw in a quest to find the essence of architectural form. A selection of his designs are on display in the most important museums across the globe.