Passi, 2011. Stratified silver crystal and thermal cracking operation, view of installation with the statuary collection of the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome.

Ethereal for Eternity: A Conversation with Alfredo Pirri

Like any sculptor, Alfredo Pirri, who lives and works in Rome, deals with space and form, but he wants his works—solid forms made to last forever—to be immaterial, to appear as ethereal and dematerialized as light and shadow. His sculptures are aerial objects made from sheets of paper, cardboard, pigments, plaster, goose feathers, and glass sheets, but beneath these apparently fragile materials lies a strong skeleton. The forms often resemble broken boxes; hanging in front of a wall, they cast their colors back onto its surface. Sometimes they take the shape of spheres, re-absorbing reflected color to create sculptures of light. Other works resemble book covers placed on the floor; painted inside with different colors, their chromatic reverberations create the sensation of landscape.…see the entire article in the print version of September’s Sculpture magazine.