2RC Rome - Milan
Victor and Wendy Pasmore with Gilles Stengle
Victor Pasmore, Enzo Bilardello and Valeria Gramiccia
Soft is the Sound in the Ocean
La villa dei misteri
Text by Giorgio Careri
The biological form is the meeting area between inside and outside. Inside takes place the transformation of flows that come from the outside and return here with a continuous process. The biological form assigns the place inside and outside, separates the two parts and unites them together. It has a vital function because without exchange between the two parts there can be no life. The biological form is open to the two parts. The process of biological transformation takes place with temporal skies: to multiply itself the inside grows into the outside. The biological form participates in the process, and seen in space it changes over time. But the function of the form, realized with a temporal succession of different spatial structures, remains unchanged. Its function is to always unite the inside out, to connect the two parts as they change together.
In a cactus in the desert, we first see the thorns, next the flower, and next again the fruit, full of seeds. The fruit is given to the outside in order to let the process repeat itself with the same rhythms, so as to multiply itself. We cannot locate the vital process of the cactus in one of its forms only. All of its forms together can offer the meaning of its vital unity, as a continuous growth of order.
Artistic form is the area of impact between the artist and the outside world. A shape is placed on the canvas to be transformed by a play of relations in space and time, until finally it is recognized by the artist as the new shape, as his completed work. It is on the canvas where the artist meets his outside world; it is on the canvas also where we can meet his inside world. Artistic form is an opening between him and us.
Artistic form when still in the artist's hands, belongs to him personally as the thorn and the flower to the cactus in the desert. His completed work is the fruit full of seeds, to be given to the outside in order to allow a similar process to be repeated. The work of art has the function of a sign outside of space and time, a sign meant as symbolic expression of a transforming process, able to be communicated by producing a process analogous to the one which created that sign.