Bruno Gironcoli

Untitled, 1995/96

At the end of the 1970s, Gironcoli started to make the monumental sculptures that became so characteristic for his creations—a hybrid mixture of the most diverse of elements, in which vegetable elements are juxtaposed with strictly geometrical ones; anthropomorphic elements grow beside mechanistic ones, lending these powerful figures their technoidal biomorphic appearance. By juxtaposing symbols of life and fertility with machine-like, technoidal constructions, these sculptures refer to the rigid implacability of natural processes, as well as social and economic ones. 

 

Bruno Gironcoli began at the end of the seventies to create the monumental sculptures that became so characteristic for his creations. They owe their typical appearance to a structure which is both ambivalent and differentiated, a hybrid mixture of the most diverse of elements, in which vegetable elements are juxtaposed with strictly geometrical ones; anthropomorphic elements grow besides mechanistic ones, lending these powerful figures their technoidal biomorphic appearance.

 

Despite this clear approximation of his figurative world to reality, Gironcoli sees in all his elements first of all the sculptural idea, the formal aesthetical thought beyond conventional meaning.  Consequentially, however, it is not only the character of the object that the works try to convey.

 

At the beginning of the 1960s Gironcoli first encountered surrealist sculpture and Alberto Giacometti’s work. He embarked on dealing with the downsides of human existence, with violence, oppression and even taboos of sexuality. This thematic complex is also at the basis of his large-scale sculptures.

 

Gironcoli understands them as organisms reflecting archaic processes such as coming into being and decay, and life and death. By incorporating symbols of fertility and life in these machine-like constructions, he refers to the rigid implacability of natural processes, as well as social and economic ones. Processes that, in rigid perfection, weave the individual in a continuous stream of concessions and dependencies suffocating any kind of individuality and sensuality with their totalitarian pretence.

 

Not least, these works are expression of a general cultural state, manifesting itself for the artist in oppressed passion, growing incapacitation and fear of life.

Author: Peter Peer
Plan & Overview: Position 34
Owner: [loan]
Biography: Bruno Gironcoli 

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