Gaetano Pesce’s monumental intervention covers the entire facade of the Aspen Art Museum

My dear mountains by Gaetano Pesce

Multidisciplinary architect and designer Gaetano Pesce designs sculptures and installations for the two-parter exhibition my dear mountains in the ground floor gallery of Aspen Art museum in Colorado, United States. Pesce’s latest exhibition features a maelstrom of furniture, drawings and sculptures that identify his experimental style with his materials and his quest for technological and social innovation. For the first time, he also undertook an outdoor intervention on the museum’s facade, dedicated to the Aspen Art Museum.

The monumental site-specific and temporary public art portrays the title of his exhibition as rocky hills rise from the ground and gather in their shades of green and blue. A triangular disc of orange material is positioned between the mountains to match their imagery as the sun, and emits a soft, warm light at night that marks the building’s landmark. Pesce’s guiding principle in his practice lies in the concept that modernism is a method of interpreting the present, rather than a temporary adornment of one’s lifestyle, paving the way to a future where individuality is preserved and celebrated.

The artist’s way of blending art with design and architecture is underscored in the playful and fluid objects for the exhibition. By gazing at his works, visitors can also witness the reluctance to mass-produce and disseminate Pesce’s work, as he prioritizes uniqueness in each piece he presents. It shows his interest in cultural values ‚Äč‚Äčthat cultivate diversity and plurality by showing personal distinctiveness rather than swimming with the current of trends, demands and the current climate. Organic qualities may emerge in his works, the stance the artist has long adopted.


all images courtesy of the Aspen Art Museum | Photo of Adrianna Glaviano

The concept of liquidity of the time

A series of mountains inspired by the exhibit’s tile sculptures Carpet of the gallery, but the first chapter of my dear mountains collects a selection of furniture, sculpture, drawings and objects spanning over fifty years of making and experimenting with different techniques and mediums, including a new series of sheet cabinets (2022) realized especially for the Aspen Art Museum.

Working primarily with polyurethane resin, Pesce’s designs touch on figuration and color, recreating the physical properties of his materials and appreciating the visuals of objects’ imperfect fissures, shapes and flows. The artist plays with an unpredictability that can take on different densities and features, as can be seen in Table Tavolo Pezzi Feltro (2019), through which Pesce transfers the elasticity and softness of felt to a rigid, three-dimensional volume.

The artist’s work also attempts to shape the fluidity of time, in which nature is defined by constant change, curiosity, uncertainty and innovation. Two-dimensional cast-resin reliefs, which Pesce calls “industrial skins,” channel the artist’s interest in conveying political, social, and personal narratives, the ever-changing landscapes that reflect his original intent over time. Because Pesce breaks repetitive patterns, his objects, despite being cast from the same mould, embody their own shades, volumes and textures acquired during their manufacturing process, creating the unrepeatable designs Pesce has always practiced.

gaetano pesce my dear mountains
Gaetano Pesce, my dear mountains. Aspen Museum of Art, 2022.

Gaetano Pesce with a design boom

When Gaetano Pesce spoke to Designboom In 2017 he told us that his interest in design began when he shared a design concept with industrialist Cesare Cassina. Today his career spans four decades of commissions in architecture, urban planning, interior design, exhibition and industrial design, and conceptualizing public and private projects in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. my dear mountains introduces the Aspen Art Museum’s second annual Aspen ArtWeek, a week of programming taking place August 1-6, culminating with the museum’s ArtCrush Gala honoring artist Gary Simmons.

ArtWeek also hosts special projects, talks and performances by artists Jeffrey Gibson, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Alex Gvojic, Precious Okoyomon, Eddie Rodolfo Aparicio, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and the art ensemble Standing on the Corner, as well as a series of visits to private collections. my dear mountains through Gaetano Pesce is curated by Art Museum Aspen Curator-at-Large Stella Bottai and is supported by the Italian Council (9th Edition, 2020), a program of the General Directorate for Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry of Culture to promote contemporary Italian art worldwide.

gaetano pesce my dear mountains
Gaetano Pesce, My dear mountains. Aspen Museum of Art, 2022.

gaetano pesce my dear mountains
Gaetano Pesce, My dear mountains. Aspen Museum of Art, 2022.

gaetano pesce my dear mountains
Gaetano Pesce, My dear mountains. Aspen Museum of Art, 2022.

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