Constellations

Roberto Pellegrinuzzi


For Roberto Pellegrinuzzi, investigating landscape–through photography: its history, devices, and physical properties–has been a recurring theme in his practice. The artist explains, “One may compare the viewing experience with a stroll in the proverbial woods, where the closeness of the trees blurs our view of the countryside–until we suddenly come upon a spectacular, panoramic view of the landscape.” Pellegrinuzzi’s carefully crafted landscapes make the process of looking a central part of the work. Depending on one’s viewing angle and distance from the work, the perceived image breaks down and then comes back together. Each photograph is translucent and layered with consecutive planes that break down into a network of geometric patterns. These planes, once recomposed, give the image depth and three-dimensionality. As the image dematerializes under the viewer’s gaze, it dissolves into abstraction and the loss of cognizance leads one to refocus on what was initially seen. These images challenge our perception of space, obliging us to renegotiate our relationship with photographic representation.