Section 3 Content theme: Lucio Fontana
Lucio Fontana was an Italian painter, sculptor and theorist of Argentine birth. He was mostly known as the founder of Spatialist and has ties to Arte Povera. He meanly destroys his work rather than using decaying materials. His style is associated to the movement of the Arte Povera. His artistic approach spread in Europe and was characteristic of the cultural post-war climate.
For this work spatial concept ‘Concetto Spazial’. He made it in 1949 to 1950.
Fontana began to make holes through his canvases at this time. He makes the holes in really free ways, the length of the hole and hole itself do not have same size but just following in his thinking. In this work, the most important things are the spaces. The spaces are there to make the viewer think about the making of the artwork. They can be seen as marking the movement of artist’s hand, like the brushwork in Abstract Expressionist painting.
In this example of Fontana’s work, he made it in 1960 the title is ‘waiting’. Although this work on the surface doesn't say a lot, to me I just saw anger and an almost tongue in cheek look at art in general. They are apparently an 'art for the space age' bringing the viewer to imagine what would be through the slash. I just love the fact that it is so simple yet has a lot of feeling and says quite a lot without actually doing much. On some of his pieces the slash comes out of the canvas, and some it goes into, as seen here.
His style is associated to the movement of the Arte Povera. His artistic approach spread in Europe and was characteristic of the cultural post-war climate.
In these two of Fontana’s works, the colour of these two are really similar as both are natural colours. Both are 2D relief pieces, but they are really like 3D. Also these two works are both showing the idea of space.
Between these two Fontana’s work, I prefer second one, it has more spaces to let people to think what the artist wants to show....