KETELEER GALLERY is very pleased to announce a first solo exhibition with Italian artist Luca Monterastelli. The exhibition will consist of an entirely new series of works in concrete.
Luca Monterastelli was born in 1983 in Forlimpopoli, Italy. He works and lives in Milan, Italy. Monterastelli is developing and entirely individual, contemporary, sculptural vocabulary. His sculptures often consist of vertical, vaguely anthropomorphic forms, which create formal paradoxes that encourage the viewer to explore the work from up close. According to the American art critic Rosalind Krauss, a sculpture almost inevitably refers to the human body. The work of Monterastelli supports this idea. Despite these bodily allusions, the artist makes primarily abstract work.
Monterastelli’s sculptures form an accumulation of geometric entities that each contain multiple, potential meanings. Aside from this playful formal language, his work is defined by his bold, robust choice of materials. Monterastelli clearly has a unique sense of materials and the mystery they evoke. As a spectator, one often does not know what material one is looking at. Is it cement or marble, limestone or linen?