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Description: Edoardo Villa, South African 1915–2011, Interlocking form, signed and dated on the base

  • Notes: Influenced by the minimalist and reductionist works of the new sculptural avant-garde which he encountered at the Venice Biennale in 1962, and again in 1972 during another visit to Italy, Edoardo Villa embarked on producing an experimental body of work which saw him fully explore all the possibilities that a particular formal combination could offer—by bending, curving and turning single sheets of steel. Interlocking form is a smaller-scale example of these hard-edged compositions where volume is reduced in favour of line and the visual tension created by a variety of carefully balanced surface levels. Here, Villa presents an open structure assembled from various supporting and formal arrangements. No attempt is made to represent an outside reality. Instead, the focus is on the physical presence of the work. The material from which the sculpture is made and its visible form provide the work with its own reality. Villa’s choice of industrial steel is a significant expression of modern technology, and his works stand as icons of the industrial age. By leaving the steel ‘raw’, Villa accentuates the element of shine inherent in the metal. Despite its visual simplicity, Interlocking Form is infinitely complex in the ways in which it engages the viewer. As with all of Villa’s sculptures, it certainly possesses its own gestalt. MVZ
  • Dimensions: 83 x 99 x 42 cm including base
  • Artist Name: Edoardo Villa
  • Literature: Engel, E. P. (ed). (1980). Edoardo Villa Sculpture. [s.l.]: United Book Distributors, illustrated in colour on p.120.
  • Medium: steel
  • Circa: 1972
  • Condition: The overall condition is good. Minor abrasions in areas.

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