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Ovum – Scrutinising the resemblance of an egg to a lens

The incarnation of the Ovum that contains its own shards dispersing the concept of internal vs external

In continuation of the Uova series, we are led to witness the reincarnation of the porcelain egg through the lens of exhibitor, Paolo Bottarelli.

Hermeticism pictures a tight intertwinement between the microcosmos, or the dimension of man, and the macrocosmos, the world. The egg originates from the cosmos. A recurring element for many artists — from Piero della Francesca to Lucio Fontana. The egg incarnates a perfection which surpasses any geometrical shape — it is superior to the circle, because unlike the circle, the oval shape appears spontaneously in nature. In this work the broken lid of the vase is inserted in the prepackaged egg created by Ginori 1735. Ginori’s vase is thereby devoid of its functionality – it becomes an urn that contains its own shards. «I destroyed the perfection inherent to the concept of infinite». The vase becomes a funerary urn containing part of its own body, thus dissolving the concepts of inside and outside, evolving from design object/fetish to an alchemical icon. The parabola that runs along the shape’s margins has no start and no end. The lid of the egg, now a container of itself, has been replaced by a lens — like an eye, it scrutinizes the shattered ruins of itself, these «sharp bottle shards» as Montale wrote, that remind us of the inevitable cycle of birth and death to which even the perfection of this shape is subject.

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PAOLO BOTTARELLI, OVUM. PH. EOIN MOYLAN

Born in Italy, in the year 1975, Paolo Bottarelli lives and works in Berlin. After being educated in arts and music and graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, Bottarelli rejected the mundane art-world to enter the chess game universe. For 11 years his obsession and his experimentation lied with that of the chess-board, his research and the creativity of math and physics. In 2008, Botarelli made a comeback to exhibit Epifanie Matematiche, curated by Elena Agudio and Mind ≠ Brain (about Kurt Gödel), curated by Elena Agudio. Since 2009 Paolo Bottarelli has been investigating the dilemma of the relation between original works and their doubles. His aim is to create a pictorial image that can be translated in a mirrored copy. He attempts to reproduce an original icon involving the challenge of recreating an aura which, by definition, is essential to the original, and hence unreproducible. Referencing to ‘quantum entanglement’, an unsolved paradox of physics, he creates couples of identical, mirrored paintings, just as two entangled particles are identical and yet have an opposite spin, no matter how many thousands of light years apart.

His paintings are a metaphor of the dualism intrinsic to Western culture, and reference the dichotomy of the human brain’s two hemispheres. As in a chess game, between the artistic tension to the irrational and the unavoidable tendency towards the rational, Paolo Bottarelli creates, in each of his works, a chessboard of possibilities, a combination of moves aimed at finding a solution to this disjunction.

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