SBAGLIATO – XYT
Screenprint collage on wood panel
127 x 180 cm, 2021
Signed by the artist
In collaboration with 56 Fili
SBAGLIATO is an art project founded in 2011 by three Roman architects and designers, which stems from the desire to generate interferences in the urban fabric, creating “gaps” within the rigid order of architectures.
This need is expressed and carried out through the use of posters, perfect means of communication thanks to their ephemeral nature and mimetic qualities, which are also distinctive features of the group’s vision.
SBAGLIATO’s visionary installations are the result of a synergy between architecture, graphics, photography and collage, through which architectural elements can be “sampled”, processed and re-presented in an urban context, in an heterogeneous but not random manner.
In recent years SBAGLIATO have participated to numerous public art manifestations including Life Is Beautiful in Las Vegas, L’ALT!rove Festival in Catanzaro, Cheap Festival in Bologna, the Memorie Urbane Street Art Festival in Gaeta and many other events around the world.
In 2012 SBAGLIATO presented their first solo exhibition at 999Contemporary in Rome and the following year they were selected for the Collicola On The Wall project at Palazzo Collicola, the Visual Arts Museum of Spoleto, where they created a permanent installation. In 2015 they exhibited at the historical Galleria Toselli in Milan and participated to the traveling group show Eterotopia, presented at Palazzo Fazzari, in Catanzaro and the Ex Dogana in Rome, where in 2016 they took part to the exhibition Il Paradiso Inclinato, next to major artists such as Alighiero Boetti and Sol LeWitt.
“The conceptions of time and space that am presenting arose from experimental physics, and therein lies their strength. They are essential. From now on, space per se or time per se are condemned to vanish into pure shadows, and only a kind of union between the two concepts will preserve an independent reality.”
Hermann Minkowski, 1908
This independent reality is movement. Another parameter is added to the space that has been represented until now: time. While remaining in two dimensions, SBAGLIATO suggests the concept of movement through a particular screen printing technique created in collaboration with 56 Fili and produced by Varsi Art & Lab.
A series of analogical dilations, contortions, and deformations transport the initial matrix into a succession of unspecified moments. The continuous dematerialization and recomposition of the image produces an independent reality in the observer. This work is part of an experiment started in the 1960s by Xerox art, in particular by Copy Motion, to which many artists participated, including Esta Nesbitt, Helen Chadwick, Bruno Munari, Alighiero Boetti, and Gianfranco Farioli. This screen printing experiment can bring back to mind imagery such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Where there is movement there is life: a good way to close the first decade of work and open up to the second.
Text by Giovanni Romagnoli