20 May-30 July 2003. Giuseppe Spagnulo. Ferro&Fuoco. 20 May-30 July. This is material fresh from the bowels of the earth, pieces that still seem hot from the furnace. Spagnulo was trained by his father in Puglia, where they extracted newly baked earth from the kiln in traditional or other shapes.
Here there are accumulations of blunt, jagged abstract objects, sombre brooding pieces of matter. Huddled together or spread in sequences, the black steel shapes echo objects distributed over ancient worship sites. But the archaic stance also bows to our taste for the pared-down classical modern. This is handsome work for todays pagans.
However, large sheets of paper covered with black rough paint once more show up the dilemma of sculptors: used as they are to dealing with objects in space, they are helpless when trying to express themselves on a flat surface (Edith Schloss).