Image: The Sea
(Venice, Italy, 1956 - )

The Sea , 1995

Fabric, wood and found objects
12 in. x 56 in. x 71 in. (30.48 cm x 142.24 cm x 180.34 cm)
Gift of Enrico Martignoni
2003.30 a-l
installation view
alternate view
alternate view
Red, Pellegrin says, is the color of energy, passion and movement.  The red velvet of The Sea hides a stretched canvas which rests on leather-working hammers (Venice is famous for its leather goods).  On top of the velvet are a bocce ball, a tin container wrapped in fabric, a pile of tiny books tied together and an old tool for fishing with thread and hook.

In my work, says Pellegrin, “everything has its material and spiritual contents.  The objects I use have inert energy…as well as the memory of man.”  He removes them from their function, wraps them and arranges them.  In so doing, he transforms them into an evocation of Venice’s passion for its history, handcraft and the sea that surrounds it.
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