The work of Ettore Spalletti is characterised by a great pureness of form. Volume, weight and colour coincide: the form is a full mass, the colour embodies the volume. A slow work that the artist describes this way: “When the mixture is still fresh, I put the colour, and it gets absorbed, so that the thickness becomes all coloured. But the colour is not real; it is given back through the amount of white that I have put in the mixture… Later, when the mixture is dry, I use on top abrasive paper”. These artworks are painting and sculpture at the same time.”

There is no painting in the traditional sense of the term, but there is identification between the colour and the support. There is no sculpture in the sense of modelled, shaped form; there is even no trace of the sensible hand of the artist because the abrasive paper cancels every echo of emotionality. The work is e solitary object, a mute and autonomous presence. It has to be as if the work has made it by itself. We can remove or add nothing. The work has to be read not like a surface, but like a thickness, fullness. The artistic activity of Ettore Spalletti is a continuous discovering of relations between volume, space and colour. If in the beginning the monochromatic colour covers walls and floor, afterwards the artist applies solid geometries of wood or plaster: cylinders, cones, semi spheres… The preferred colours of Spalletti are grey, pink, blue but also orange and golden yellow, that are spread out on rectangular wooden supports, hung on the wall and communicating with it. 


In occasion of the exhibition a catalogue will be published, part of the editorial chain SKIRA/OREDARIA, with a critical essay by Laura Cherubini and photographs of Mario and Gino di Paolo.