Vorrei essere me stesso ma solo alla luce del sole
Murano Alessandrite glass, sunlight, neon light, halogen light
13,5 x 32,5 x 21,3 cm (5 1/8 x 12 5/8 x 8 1/4 in)
Vorrei essere me stesso ma solo alla luce del sole (I would like to be myself but only in daylight) consists of a block of transparent Murano Alessandrite glass lit by different sources of natural and artificial light (neon, halogen). Depending on the lighting condition, the Murano glass reflects the light spectrum differently and its color appears to shift from blue to purple to green. Francesco Gennari’s works find their origin in his observation of everyday life and the elements that surround him. For this sculpture, the artist reinterpreted the changing colors of the Parisian sky.
Gennari’s artistic practice is based on minimal formal characteristics and a metaphysical approach of colors and materials. Characterized by its conceptual consistency, Gennari’s work draws from a cosmology of divergent mediums (Murano glass, bronze, marble, gin, mint syrup), selected not for their outward appearance but for their inherent specificities. Their apparent matter-of-fact aspect contrasts with the artist’s attachment to the ideas of sensibility and poetry that lie behind the experience of being in this world.