Gilberto Zorio

Stella per purificare le parole

Star to purify words

Leather, wood, steel, and rope
1978

Collection of Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto

Gilberto Zorio (b. 1944) is a contemporary Italian artist known for his sculptures of five-sided stars. Originally trained in painting, he eventually shifted to sculpture, creating works which reveal his fascination for the processes involved in alchemy and the manifestations of energy. Zorio sees his works as “being energy itself,” always living, still in progress, or meant for the future.

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  • The artwork is a star made of leather which underwent chemical change by pouring acid on its surface. Attached to the star is a javelin with a single point, a sporting equipment signifying strength and direction. Both star and javelin are suspended from the ground at a seemingly precarious angle. The work juxtaposes the cosmic and the human, and attempts to materialize the often uncertain energies present in both.

  • The artwork is a star made of leather which underwent chemical change by pouring acid on its surface. Attached to the star is a javelin with a single point, a sporting equipment signifying strength and direction. Both star and javelin are suspended from the ground at a seemingly precarious angle. The work juxtaposes the cosmic and the human, and attempts to materialize the often uncertain energies present in both.

  • The artwork is a star made of leather which underwent chemical change by pouring acid on its surface. Attached to the star is a javelin with a single point, a sporting equipment signifying strength and direction. Both star and javelin are suspended from the ground at a seemingly precarious angle. The work juxtaposes the cosmic and the human, and attempts to materialize the often uncertain energies present in both.