“I believe Lucio Fontana is one of the biggest XX century conceptual geniouses, his cut, which goes beyond the canvas, derails the concept of pictorial surface and is an action with no precedent”. Giberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga was already inspired by this exctraordinary act, replicated in a series of glasses on which the slash was engraved; in these new Homage to Fontana vases the gash is impressed while the piece is being blown, when the glass is incandescent. Only after the glass is cooled the vase is grind engraved for a more refined finishing.
The Fontana vases are available in intense black, with a single slash, more essential and net, and in bright orange with three gashes as in the Spacial Concepts.
The life of Giberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga is viscerally linked to Venice. His childhood memories, the most beautiful, are those that have taken place in the rooms of Palazzo Papadopoli, between frescoes of Tiepolo and family affection. “In my earliest memories Venice had other colours. It was more obscure, dramatic, decayed and deeply romantic – simply beautiful. There wasn’t the same light like there is today – more dazzling perhaps, but less poetic.”
Each piece derives from a watercolour sketch made by Giberto on tracing paper: “When I see something that inspires me, or an object that I like, I sketch and rework it – then move on to the realization of it.”
The glass, the main material in the collections, is worked exclusively in Murano. Each glass, each specific object, is blown by master glassmakers in the Venetian furnaces.
Giberto takes his watercolours to discuss with them and refine the project, check its feasibility, and to make eventual changes.