Ferro Trasparente Turchese, 1966
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Pietro Consagra’s “Ferro Trasparente Turchese” (1966) is part of his “Ferri Transparenti” series. The term “ferro transparente” translates to “transparent iron.” The artist named it to describe the diaphanous effect of the overlapping iron sheets being loosely welded with each other to create voids, creating a sense of translucency.
“Ferro Trasparente Turchese” is representative of Consagra’s style in that he rejects the canonical three-dimensionality of sculpture. Instead, he challenges the common perception of the medium through the flatness of his models, blurring the lines between full sculpture, relief and painting.
The artwork’s flatness, coupled with turquoise colour, and its stem and head gives it a plant-like quality, which is emphasised when exhibited with others of this series.
At the time prior to “Ferri Transparenti” series, in the 1960s, Consagra had already become a well established artist in Italy and the United States. He experimented with burnt wood before transitioning to iron, which he painted with nitro varnish. His choice of colours, within this series is representative of the influence the Pop scene of the postwar period had on his work; he predominately used green, pink, red, fuchsia, purple and turquoise.