STUDIO DABBENI

Exhibitions

Ugo La Pietra,* after the sign-related experiences developed within the Gruppo del Cenobio (1962/1963) and the Lepre Lunare (1964/65), from the mid-1960s has been using his own sign to explore the relations between “disturbing elements within a programmed base”, in a series of pictorial works (canvases and drawings), and in transparent methacrylate that is shaped by heating and etched when cold.

As early as the mid-1960s Gillo Dorfles referred to these works as “randomic”: the programming of structural areas in the works of Ugo La Pietra of the randomic type, that is, with a high quotient of randomness, haphazardness.”.

These visual studies can clearly be referred to the theory of the Traducibilità dei nessi intercorrenti all’interno di una struttura urbana in visualizzazioni spaziali  (The Translatability of Interconnecting Links within an Urban Structure in Spatial Visualizations) (ed. ARES, 1969), where the artist uses many examples to describe how it is possible to read the urban structure by using the technique of macro scale visualizations “via formal elements reduced to small elements: points”.

This research would initially be presented in 1966 accompanied by a catalogue at the Flaviana gallery in Locarno.

Such studies, charaterized by a strong significant component, with respect to the rupture of the “programmed system”, would lead La Pietra, in the second half of the 1960s to develop his “theory of the unbalancing system”, a theory that would use disturbing elements to decipher the social and environmental rigidities of the urban structure via audio-visual spaces, installations, and performances. A theory that still today represents one of the most original contributions to Conceptual art and Radical architecture.

The exhibition will present fifty works made between 1964 and 1972 (mixed media on canvas and paper, Indian ink on paper, methacrylate sheets, photomontages) and it will be accompanied by the publication of Ugo La Pietra, Campo tissurato, I segni e l'urbano, a cura di Marco Scotini,  Archive Books, Berlin, 321 pages, 19 x 26 cm.

We thank the Archives Ugo La Pietra, Simona Cesana, Lucio La Pietra

 

*Born in 1938 in Bussi sul Tirino (Pe)

Lives and works in Milan


ARTWORKS

Ugo La Pietra,
Strutturazioni tissurali, 1964
Mixed technique on canvas
100 x 100
Ugo La Pietra,
Strutturazioni tissurali, 1965
Mixed technique on canvas
100 x 100 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Strutturazioni tissurali, 1965/1966
Oil on canvas
100 x 100 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Strutturazioni tissurali. Fenomenologia della tessitura. Tracce di tessuto, 1966
Mixed technique on canvas
25 x 25 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Strutturazioni tissurali, 1964
Mixed technique on canvas
48 x 38 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Strutturazioni tissurali. Espansione, 1964
Mixed technique on Avana paper
28 x 22 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Strutturazioni tissurali. Inclusione, 1964
Mixed technique on cardboard
34 x 34 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Strutturazioni tissurali, 1966
Mixed technique on cardboard
55 x 54 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Strutturazioni tissurali. Deformazione di un campo tissurato, 1966
China and pencil on canvas
50 x 50 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Strutturazioni tissurali. Emergenze direzionali, 1966
China on paper on canvas
20 x 15 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Strutturazioni tissurali, 1965
China on canvas board
15 x 20 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Strutturazioni tissurali, 1965
Mixed technique on paper
25 x 25 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Strutturazioni tissurali 1, 1966/1967
Cold-formed methacrylate
25 x 25 x 12 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Strutturazioni tissurali 3, 1966/1967
Cold-formed methacrylate
25 x 25 x 12 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Strutturazioni tissurali. Blocco Luminoso, 1966
Luminous methacrylate
30 x 30 x 14 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Deformazione di campi tissurali 5, 1966
Methacrylate plate cold engraved
50 x 50 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Deformazione di campi tissurali 4, 1966
Methacrylate plate cold engraved
50 x 50 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Strutturazioni tissurali. Elemento centrale di disturbo, 1966
Methacrylate plate cold engraved
90 x 90 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Strutturazioni tissulari, 1966
Methacrylate cold engraved
12 x 12 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Strutturazioni tissulari, 1966
Methacrylate cold engraved
12 x 12 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Barriera tra due campi 2, 1966
Methacrylate plate cold engraved
48 x 50 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Attraversamento di due zone, 1966
Methacrylate plate cold engraved
48 x 54 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Strutturazioni tissulari, 1966
Methacrylate plate cold engraved
48 x 50 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Strutturazioni tissulari, 1966
Methacrylate plate cold engraved
48 x 50 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Strutturazioni tissulari, 1966
Methacrylate plate cold engraved
62 x 60 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Aree concentriche, 1966
Methacrylate plate cold engraved
46 x 50 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Al centro con inserimenti 2, 1966
Methacrylate plate cold engraved
48 x 50 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Audio-Casco, 1969
Photomontage, mixed technique on paper
53 x 48 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Il videocomunicatore urbano, 1972
Photomontage, mixed technique on paper
51 x 51 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Ciceronelettronico urbano, 1972
Photomontage, mixed technique on paper
51 x 51 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Ambiente audiovisivo interattivo, 1968
Photomontage, mixed technique on pape
Fotomontaggio, tecnica mista su carta
Ugo La Pietra,
Ambiente audiovisivo interattivo. Biennale di San Benedetto del Trento, 1969
Photomontage, mixed technique on paper
74 x 52 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Uovouomosfera. Immersione, 1969/1970
Photomontage, mixed technique on paper
75 x 55 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Strutturazioni tissulari, 1966
Hot-formed and cold-etched methacrylate
H 36 x 90 x 90 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Base programmata, 1968
Methacrylate plate cold engraved
69,5 x 48,7
Ugo La Pietra,
Base strutturata, 1968
Methacrylate plate cold-engraved and hot-curved
70 x 50 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Strutturazioni tissulari, 1966
China on paper
20,2 x 16
Ugo La Pietra,
Strutturazioni tissulari, 1966
China on paper
20,2 x 17 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Strutturazioni tissulari, 1966
China on paper
20,3 x 16,9 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Strutturazioni tissulari, 1966
China on paper
20,3 x 16,9 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Strutturazioni tissulari, 1966
China on paper
20,3 x 16,9 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Strutturazioni tissulari, 1966
China on paper
20,3 x 15,9 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Strutturazioni tissulari, 1966
China on paper
20,3 x 16,3 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Strutturazioni tissulari, 1966
China on paper
20,4 x 17 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Strutturazioni tissulari, 1966
China on paper
20,4 x 17 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Strutturazioni tissulari, 1966
China on paper
20,4 x 15,8 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Strutturazioni tissulari, 1966
China on paper
20,3 x 17 cm
Ugo La Pietra,
Strutturazioni tissulari, 1966
China on paper
20,4 x 17 cm

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