|The New York Optimist
Emanuele Viscuso, 2000 (Gold) "Broche"
Private collection of
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
This extraordinary piece will be part of the
only for the days March 31st and April 1st
Sculptures and Installations
Museo Para La Identidad Nacional
Tegucigalpa March 31st - May 3rd
Opening: March 31st at 7pm
Under the Patronage of the Italian Embassy
Viscuso at Saatchi & Saatchi - London
|An artwork of Emanuele Viscuso created in
Venice, Italy on 2004 but also a global project for
Emanuele Viscuso, the open city of our human becoming. By Pierre Restany
The sculptures of Emanuele Viscuso speak of movement and rhythm, of harmony and therefore of music. Of solid music: the artist's aim is to project his modular
discourse into a fourth dimension. Indeed, his assemblages of modular elements in progressive series seem to develop under the influence of an immanent fatality,
the Spiral. The accordion-like opening of the structures alludes to the unlimited opening of a mental infinity.
Reason seems to prevail over the senses, but this apparent rigour conceals a clear awareness of the structural risk. Viscuso's forms, folded shells or endless
Jacob's ladders are the product of a "careful dosing of calculations and other alternatives". The poetic style of Viscuso plays on the theme of the uncertain: during
the creation of the work, and the dualistic possibilities of choice are constant. The modular effect springs from the use of this binary calculation in the continuity
of the formal discussion. The "harmonic" control of the open structures puts one in mind of the self-discipline of musical composition; Viscuso's compositions,
based on wood or metallic modular elements, remain waiting. They are not "finished" or closed in a self-sufficient totality. They remain open to other changes,
successions, developments. Their presence in space is not perceived solely in the present. They also live in accordance with the law of a hypothetical future, a
becoming, a permanent potential for transformation and therefore enable us to think of all the other possibilities of existence they contain in their "being today".
The uncertain is a perpetual invitation to dream. These harmonic, calculated, balanced sculptures are also the bridge of sighs of our imagination. They have within
them a supplement of imagination creating a halo of poetry. A rarefied space and one that is highly fragile but present and strong in its allusive dimension. The
architectural dream can become an optical illusion: the artist expects to see his sculptures fly. Why not! We, we few believers, or perhaps non-believers, we well
know that miracles arise by pure coincidence from situations of daily routine. All it takes is an uncertain parameter and a little creative imagination to destroy the
order of things. Oh Lord! It's not that Viscuso takes himself for Jesus Christ, but his existential commitment is almost of a moral order. "I am an artist", says
Viscuso, "because this enables me to create... creating is something we all do even if we do not all of us realise that the act of creation is in the first place a divine
prerogative". We are thus on the spiritual heights, at the limit of poetic access and metaphysical discourse.
Through God and harmony, the artist's modular discourse takes on its true, positive dimension. Viscuso's discourse is a meditation on being, an optimistic thinking
about the poetic openness of the collective awareness. All of us can create, but great awareness and great responsibility are rare things, and serious things. The
passage of art of all through art for oneself or for a few corresponds to a fine network of complex motivations. The fabric of communication is made up of
impulses of genius and direct exchanges, sometimes realist and trivial. Taking on the risk of beauty implicates what lies beyond calculation, the considering of the
infinite possibilities of the soul. This is undoubtedly called faith and Viscuso is a man of faith. The titles of his works speak by themselves: "Song of a happy
dinosaur", "Sound of a shell", "Away all cares", "Squaring of the circle".
The metaphors are broad and this dimension of the infinite creates a willingness and poetic openness in the formal rigour. These fine musical images can be studies
of a skyscraper or elements of street furniture, but they will always remain in my mind as a memory of happiness, a happiness born of a marriage between
willingness and desire, reason and sentiment.
Emanuele Viscuso's fourth dimension is the free territory of all the dreams of human beauty, elegance in proportions, dignity in spiritual perspectives. Viscuso's
sculpture shares with music this blend inspired by the heart and mind, by sensibility and the spirit: it is the open city of out human becoming.
Milan, 15 January 1988