Bulletin #23. Against the Grain by Claudio Musso


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Bulletin #23
Against the Grain. The Verse and Reverse of Signs and Images

by Claudio Musso (ENG – ITA)


An essay on the artwork of Ivana Spinelli, published on the occasion of her solo show Contropelo at Gallleriapiù, Bologna (January 23 – March 28, 2020).


Ivana Spinelli suggests a different look into the signs that are deposited in our collective memory as decorative elements lacking of any linguistic value. All of a sudden, those inscriptions manifest themselves as a code composed by discrete elements that can be used to form words and sentences, and take concrete shape as sculptural matter.

– Claudio Musso

About the author:

Claudio Musso is an art critic and independent curator. His research activity is particularly focused on the relationship between visual arts, language, and communication, on urban art, and on the new technologies in the artistic landscape. He is currently a lecturer in Phenomenology of Contemporary Arts and in Theory of Perception and Psychology of Form at the G. Carrara Academy of Fine Arts in Bergamo, Italy, where he is also Coordinator of the Visual Arts Department. He has participated as curator and jury member in international festivals, and has been invited as a speaker at conferences and lectures in Italy and abroad. He is a columnist for Artribune, as well as the creator and host of Die Straßenzeitung, an in-depth program on contemporary art for NEU Radio. He has published numerous academics paper, essays and critical texts.

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