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A Mesh Of Absence

Using the medium of the wire mesh, Italian artist Edoardo Tresoldi sculpts his surroundings into exquisite sculptures that evoke the genius of 18th century painting and architecture 

Edoardo_Tresoldi, Simbiosi – a site-specific artwork for Arte Sella sculpture park, Italy. © Roberto Conte. All Images Courtesy of the Artist.

As if weaving rays of light and the atmosphere into his works, Edoardo Tresoldi’s wire mesh sculptures revive the brilliance of the Neo-classical era. Focusing on construction and quite literally breathing in the technical intricacy of Greek architecture, Edoardo transforms his surroundings with an elegant touch. 

The structures evoke a distant past and yet employ a more modern visual device for effect. The wires glisten in the daylight and glow in twilight, transmitting an ethereal aura. Even while watching Edoardo at work (in his YouTube videos), one cannot begin to imagine the kind of perseverance and pain that he goes through with each project. He weaves each mesh by hand, and they are calloused and cut.

Edoardo_Tresoldi, Simbiosi – a site-specific artwork for Arte Sella sculpture park, Italy. © Roberto Conte. All Images Courtesy of the Artist.

In his 2016 work ‘Basilica of Siponto’ that won the Gold Medal for Italian Architecture, the structure, according to the project description, ‘reinterprets the volumes of the ancient Early Christian basilica located close to the existing Romanesque church, which was erected 600 years later.’ Making space for a deeper debate on archaeological conservation, the Basilica is ephemeral and looks as though someone photoshopped architectural shadows into a semi-solid structure. 

Edoardo_Tresoldi, Simbiosi – a site-specific artwork for Arte Sella sculpture park, Italy. © Roberto Conte. All Images Courtesy of the Artist.

A permanent installation at Università Bicocca, Milano, in collaboration with Gonzalo Borondo (a Spanish artist), titled ‘Chained’ seems to exist between the motion of capture and release. Showing a group of men painted standing huddled in a circle, one man seems to release himself of the group and creep out of the wall, as a signature mesh sculpture. Figurative and yet abstract, the work is brilliant both through concept and execution as it reaches out towards an unknown dimension.

Allowing the wire to transform fluidly, the sinews of metal are crafted with intensity, emotion and incredible finesse, like a glowing portal into a time period that once spoke of the power of perfection and beauty.

Edoardo_Tresoldi, Simbiosi – a site-specific artwork for Arte Sella sculpture park, Italy. © Roberto Conte. All Images Courtesy of the Artist.

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