Can nothing be a work of art? According to Salvatore Garau, yes, and obviously also according to those who bought his latest work.
The artist originally from Santa Giusta has created an immaterial sculpture, completely invisible, entitled “I am”: if some “layman” can have doubts about its artistic value, they will have to change their mind. The work was sold for 15 thousand euros in the auction organized by Art-Rite, one of the rare Italian auction houses that deals with “sessions” dedicated exclusively to contemporary art.
The work must be placed in a private house within a space free from any obstruction, with dimensions of approximately 150 x 150 centimeters. Estimated at the start of 6 thousand euros, it has doubled the base reaching, at the hammer, 12 thousand euros (15 thousand with auction rights).
Physical, the buyer will find only the guarantee certificate in his hands, which testifies to the archiving of the work and represents the only visual element present in the catalog where, instead of the traditional image of a tangible work, a absolute white space.
The immaterial sculptures by Salvatore Garau – who had already exhibited his installation “Buddha in contemplation” last February in Piazza della Scala in Milan – “have a new historical value and represent a perfect metaphor of our days”, reads a note . The work “is completely invisible and cannot, therefore, be reproduced on the network. Not to mention that Garau’s intangible works have zero environmental impact ”.
“The successful outcome of the auction testifies to an irrefutable fact – comments Garau -: The void is nothing but a space full of energy, and even if we empty it and nothing remains, according to Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle that nothingness has a weight . It therefore has energy that condenses and transforms itself into particles, in short, in us! When I decide to “exhibit” an immaterial sculpture in a given space, that space will concentrate a certain quantity and density of thoughts in a precise point, creating a sculpture that from my title alone will take the most varied forms. After all, don’t we give shape to a God we have never seen? “.
(Unioneonline / D)
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