Mario De Candia
It is Your Glance, Sustains Pellegrin
in “La Repubblica”
October, 14th 1994
Extremely difficult to attribute to rigid categories – whether disciplinary, linguistic or stylistic –, Maurizio Pellegrin’s work is characterized by a component more than a methodological attitude. In this case, the component is easily defined as pertinent to an “open” sphere, all-inclusive of reality, of its fragments and of the preciousness of the experience, that the subject exercises in all aspects, humble or elevated, of his surroundings.
In reality, Pellegrin’s works aren’t “closed”, but instead they are made of fragments, objects of use, photographs, fissures and wreckages, proposing themselves as a sort – if one can say – of partial classification and catalogue register of a reality closely connected to man and his activities. Like in the case of this solo show of the artist’s work. The five compositions-works are in fact gathered by the artist under the title Your Glance. And he does this in order to enhance, from one side, the primary importance of visual activity in the experimentation of the world and of himself, and on the other side (and in terms of exquisitely artistic problems), it is a motive for questions regarding the typical self-referentiality of artworks, such as the effectiveness of the observer’s glance – a device and an act that legitimize and give real citizenship to this artwork – and the “glance” that the work, as a fragment of a possible reality, projects on the observer.