Massimo Bartolini: Untitled (Wave)
March 11–May 20, 2001
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center is pleased to present Untitled (Wave) by Italian artist Massimo Bartolini. This installation in P.S.1's outdoor sculpture gallery is a pool with a solitary wave. The wave laps over the sides of the pool onto soil and waters the edible plants that surround it. This work was first seen in the gardens of Villa Medici in Rome in summer 2000 and has been specifically reconceived for P.S.1's outdoor galleries. Bartolini was born in 1962 in Cecina near Florence. His work embraces various materials and techniques, from sculpture and performance to photography.
For Bartolini, water, with its life-giving power, symbolizes the eternal transformation of all things in the universe. In Untitled (Wave), water is witness and representation of the dynamics of the life-cycle, migrating from its liquid form and becoming an inherent part of the green field it has nourished.
Bartolini's sensual artworks induce in a viewer a meditative state that is still highly experiential. Making us reflect on the relativity of what is stable and unchangeable, his works interrupt the feverish flow of time.
Previous works by Bartolini have included an elevated floor that created a dazzling impression of distorted space, an installation in which a device on the heel of one of the visitor's shoes alters the light in the room; and rooms suffused with perfume and the sound of leaking water. Living sculptures, such as Aiuole (Flowerbeds) (2000), made up of people lying in soil in a pattern reminiscent of a flower or a molecular structure, suggest a rethinking of the relationship between man and nature.
Untitled (Wave) is curated by P.S.1 Senior Curator Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, and is made possible by Gilberto and Rosa Sandretto.
This exhibition is made possible in part through the generous support of the Italian Cultural Institute, New York. The programs of P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center are made possible in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The Office of the Borough President of Queens, and The Council of the City of New York.