The artist assembles found objects through his accurate research, creating what the art critc Valerio Dehò has defined ''Codex Maisti'', a new figurative universe. The Maisto's assemblèe are ancient creatures, perhaps stolen from dreams, perhaps created somewhere else by forgotten objects and memories. That it is why they appear to us as known and unkown, that is why if at first glance we believe to understand them, then they seem to be unclear. They are made up of little found objects, they are a joke, they are an invitation to use fantasy, to remember. They are assembly works that want to be observed and tell their own story, maybe they want to be recognized in other stories. Maisto choose the objects, or maybe they choose the artist, he assembles giving new life to them, the composition becomes a game. It seems that the artist has fun in composing and decomposing continuously: if with the assembly works he put togheter, with the watercolours he break up what he created, bringing each object to what was a moment before. The element that associate composition and decomposition is a subtle irony, almost melancholy.
The sculpture comes with a glass bell hand-crafted by a Neapolitan artisan.
Angelo Maisto. Naturalia, Palazzo Conti Martini, Mezzocorona (TN) 2017
Angelo Maisto. Diakosmesis, curated by Valerio Dehò, Palazzo Mezzacapo Maiori (SA) 2017
LITTLE THINGS by Angelo Maisto, Blu Gallery (BO), February - March 2018
M. Palasciano, V. Dehò, Il Pipacottero e altre creature, Bologna, Blu Gallery Artecontemporanea ed edizioni d’Arte Bologna, 2018, p. 22
C. Nacci, Naturalia, Palazzo Conti Martini, Mezzocorona (TN) 2017V. Dehò, Diakosmesis, Cernusco sul Naviglio (MI), ed. Grafica Metelliana, 2017, pp. 29, 30
by Davide Raffaelli