Champ Lacombe presents The Liquidity of Time, a new solo exhibition by Gaetano Pesce (b. 1939, Italy. Lives and works in New York). The show, curated by Stella Bottai and Lucy Chadwick, creates a dialogue between key historical works – some never exhibited previously – and newly commissioned pieces, such as an environmental resin floor painting and a large outdoor sculpture inspired by one of Pesce’s lamp prototypes.
One of the world’s most influential living artists, Pesce’s work is renowned for blurring boundaries between art, design, and architecture and is celebrated worldwide for his provocative and experimental approach. Pesce’s career spans over fifty years and nearly every medium, moving fluidly and playfully across categorical definitions of objecthood. Making a virtue of incoherence, over the years Pesce has prioritized his stance as an artist and intellectual. His designs embrace figuration and colour, challenging the physical properties of materials and playing with their unpredictable behaviour.
The title The liquidity of time encompasses one of the key principles of Pesce’s artistic philosophy, that is the idea that the contemporary age is defined by continuous change, curiosity, uncertainty, and innovation. The artist thus seeks to reflect and give form to these forces employing fluid materials that allow him to pursue objects that, in his words, are sincere and truthful to their epoch.