Alessandro D'Aquila, born in 1989, works by subtraction when he uses braille, the distinctive feature of all his works. But he also works by addition when he decides to go and act on objects, altering reality at will.
Through these gestures, Alex tries to provoke a sense of bewilderment in the viewer, forcing him to decipher what he sees according to a visual code that responds to rules that are completely foreign.
With Tavola Ottometrica the artist continues his research into the sense of loss and invites the viewer to stop, observe and reflect.
Le Tavole Ottometriche are Alex D'aquila's series combining poetry, art and design. Drawing on the verses of the most famous poets in the history of Italian literature, the artist describes moods, moments and experiences of our times.
After the first one dedicated to the poem Soldati by Ungaretti, born during the period of the first lockdown and describing the state of mind we were experiencing, the artist today chose the words of Dante Alighieri to launch a new message of hope: E quindi uscimmo a riveder le stelle, verse 139 of Canto XXXIV of the Inferno that concludes the cantica.
"I chose these verses to identify a whole new period in our lives. Ascent is a strong message of rebirth and hope'.
In this work, too, the artist works by addition and subtraction, removing elements, interrupting them and inserting others.
Remaining faithful to Alighieri's original verses, in fact, the poem written by Alex on the Octometric Table is interrupted, leaving room for braille.