Prelude was created from an experiential process where the artists of the collective, fascinated with Italy’s and the world’s monumental heritage, began photographing its architectures focusing on materials — particularly marble — and discovering figures and graphic elements built in the grain of the rock.
The central element of the installation is an imposing block of red jasper resembling a beating human heart. The gem projects its energy on the surrounding walls, which host, as fragments of this power, 82 photographs framed according to a precise mathematical analysis. The concept of contrast between opposites, which is the cornerstone in the collective’s thinking, is emphasized by the arrangement of the photographs on the walls: 41 in white and 41 in black. Above each photograph, an alternation of smoked and clear glass composes a modular pattern designed to create continuity between one picture and the next. Three glass patterns are interchangeable, so that the first can be the continuation of the third or vice-versa, in a potentially endless combinability.
The concept of convergence and antithesis is thus perfectly developed between the geometric world and the chaos expressed by the natural abstractions shown in the photographs.
The viewer is given freedom to interpret the images and will find himself recognizing in the designs of the artworks shapes suggested by his own subconscious.
Lastly, the concept of combinability is further developed by fitting the pictures with multiple junction points, allowing for a variety of installation options and perspectives. The backside of each artwork is adorned by an octagon of real jasper, which is metaphorically linked to the central rock.