FOTO: Andrea Rum, Luca Bazzini,
Simone Lingua
VIDEO & RENDER: Luca Bazzini
WEBDESIGN: Enrico Fico


– installations –

Ninfea _ site specific installation _
a cura di Tiziana Tommei _Bagno Vignoni _ 2018

This is not the first time that the hamlet Bagno Vignoni has opened its doors to contemporary art. For this occasion, Simone Lingua from Cuneo has been called to compete with a historicizing context, strongly structured and focused on a reality dense with memories and meaning: the famous “Vascone”, a thermal bath with a sacred aura, the heart of the city. With a length of 49 meters, a width of 24 meters and a depth of 95 cm, it dominates the square of the small town and collects within itself the waters of the thermal spring, whose exhalations create a floating and hallucinated, almost metaphysical dimension. This natural environment inspired the artist, who imagined a parallel reality emerging from the bottom of the basin and conceived a floe ideally held in suspension by the water. To give form to this kind of island, he took as his model a concept he had already applied in his kinetic paintings: a theory of circular elements treated with paint on one side and mirrors on the other, then arranged within a defined perimeter. The installation thus conceived consists of 50 elements, each of which has a steel base and supports with chrome-plated and painted Plexiglas panes. Viewed as a whole, the work reveals a double soul: one dominated by color, clothing the surface of the water with a red cloak; the other mirrored, penetrating and reflecting the context and therefore the viewer. The latter, moving and circling the basin, witnesses the gradual metamorphosis of the whole: he perceives its endogenous movement, the play of light produced by the water, the veiling of forms caused by the vapors on the mirrored surfaces, until the fusion of its two parts into one. A living organism, mutating through its kinetics, which, like a water flower, anchors itself to the bottom of the pool and displays blossoms and inflorescences above the water level. In addition, in correspondence with three selected poles, Adler Thermae, Albergo Le Terme, Albergo Posta Marcucci, works of the artist’s recent production will be exhibited: from the kinetic cylinder in Super Mirror steel, already exhibited at the Carrousel du Louver (Paris, 2016), the Kinetic Cube, recently presented at Tag Gallery (Lugano, 2017), to the wall works, the Kinetic Paintings in Plexiglas and finally the Kinetic Domes, created at the end of 2017 and already presented in Bologna, Paris and Ferrara. In addition, an Infopoint will be set up in the Librorcia bookshop. [Tiziana Tommei]


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