New York, NY: 4 December 2012 – Sperone Westwater is pleased to announce Stargate, Fabio Viale’s first solo exhibition in New York. For his realistic sculptures, Viale uses marble exclusively to recontextualize banal objects, such as crates and tires, and to reinterpret art historical icons. Stargate is on view from 10 January through 23 February 2013.
The exhibition title refers to Viale’s recent work Stargate (2010/2011), which consists of stacked and attached plastic grocery crates crafted in marble on a large scale (78 3/4 x 63 x 47 1/4 inches). With unusual technical virtuosity, Viale creates a kind of totem-like work, suggestive of a doorway leading to other worlds and galaxies -- unknown adventures.
Viale works alone, using machinery to roughly carve blocks of marble, and finishing the sculpture by hand. In Thank you and Goodbye (2012), Viale employs a computer-controlled robot to render large-scale “paper bags” made of marble.