Geoalchimie at MARS Milan Artist Run Space
Site-specific installation by Pier Giorgio De Pinto at MARS Milan Artist Run Space, Italy
Opening May 23, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Week-end May 26 and 27 11:00 a.m./07:00 p.m.
23 May – 1 June 2018, by appointment only
The morpheme placed before the word ‘alchemy’ of the title refers simultaneously to the geographies and geometries as themes widely used by the artist.
The geometry that De Pinto uses has its roots in the study of nature, as well as in the mathematical principles that compose it. In the artist’s work there is above all a clear reference to the traditional “sacred” geometry that refers to the five Platonic solids and to the study of the ‘Divina Proportione’, text by the mathematician Luca Pacioli and illustrated by Leonardo da Vinci.
The five Platonic solids have always been related to the terrestrial geographies and those of the cosmos: the cube to the earth, the tetrahedron to the fire, the octahedron to the air, the icosahedron to the water, and the dodecahedron to the universe or prana/ether .
Plato wrote that ” The world, when viewed from above, resembles a ball sewn from twelve pieces of skin”, a direct reference to the dodecahedron as a symbol of Gaia, the living planet Earth.