Schermo (n. 791)



70 x 90 cm (27 9/16 x 35 7/16 in.)

The wood surface comes through under a thin layer of white paint, drawn and left visible in the brush strokes. Then the wooden edge becomes a border between the fragile whiteness and the framing of a solid black surface. A fracture runs through the panel from top to bottom: this Schermo (N.791) is a screen broken at the centre, metaphorically rendered fragile or unusable.

The cathode-ray tube TV screen is not exalted by Fabio Mauri, who does not highlight either its technological qualities nor its entertainment function. He actually harshly criticises this tool that invites itself into households and, in the artist’s view, becomes a new tool to manipulate the crowds. While he “destroys” the screen in several steps, he metaphorically breaks it in Schermo (N.791) with this simple curved interference.

The panel Schermo (N.791) by Fabio Mauri was first shown by the Pinault Collection at the 2016 “Accrochage” (“Hanging”) exhibition at the Punta della Dogana.