Inventario n. 2. Disco Acciaio, 1966-67
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With this “steel disc”, we are faced with evidence of Consagra’s move into an even more fluid style, consisting of curved elements which are increasingly interconnected in harmonious symbiosis. The artist’s practice has over time evolved from neo-cubist, to abstract geometric in his Forma I days, to his now more renowned two-dimensional sculptural style.
Here, the artist reaffirms the characteristic ‘frontality’ of his practice, as the fragmentation of views is exemplary of his continued rejection of traditional three-dimensional sculpture. Thus as this work is wall-mounted, it highlights Consagra’s conversational conception of sculpture, whereby the flattened reflecting surface creates a direct tete-a-tete through which viewer and object interact.
At first glance, perhaps the disc may appear to be the bolted-together scales of a grand, metallic fish – an impression which echoes Consagra’s creative conception of surface as being constructed of overlapping planes, rather than a smooth form.