Concetto Spaziale by Lucio Fontana

08 Aug 2016

For Italian artist Lucio Fontana (1899-1968) a work of art should be part of the reality of life. We couldn’t agree more! The fusion of art, science and technology are at the foundation of this persective. Fontana wanted to break down the traditional limits of art, and experimented with light, space and movement. These elements excite us and make us curious about the artist and his work.

‘Concetto Spaziale’ or ‘spational concept’ is what he calls his work. When Fontana works on one of his prepared canvases as a painter, he doesn’t want to make a painting,  he wants to open up the space and create a new dimension for the arts and connect it with the cosmos. From 1949 he has made works that he perforated with a knife. The cut runs from the top down, but is not completely vertical. It follows the natural movement of the arm making the cut and is therefore slightly curved. The cuts are accurate, cold and refined of rhythm. The colors Fontana used are monochrome, plain and taintless. Now the canvas is not a plain 2d piece anymore, it now plays a role in the space. These cuts got their own name: ‘Concetto Spaziele: Attese’ or ‘expectations/hope’. 

The Italian artist also wanted to show the technical progression by inserting new ideas and materials into his work. One time he stuck gemstones to the canvas to finish his painting.
Fontana particularly made abstract work and was active as a jewelry designer as well. He had a big influence on the fine arts since the sixties of the twentieth century.

Source: Van Abbemuseum 

Lucio Fontana, 1962,

Lucio Fontana, 1958,

Lucio Fontana, 1959, 

Lucio Fontana, 1960,

Lucio Fontana, 1951,

Lucio Fontana, 1955, 

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