While he might not be flourishing a paintbrush or chiselling marble, Leonardo Betti, AKA Leonardoworx, is a Florentine artist for the digital age. He’s worked on campaigns for Armani, and made short movies and installations using visual programming languages like Max or Jitter. In a fresh series of work, the Italian new media artist, and sound and motion graphic designer has echoed the legacy of Bauhaus professor and 20th century great Josef Albers with a set of coloured perspex numerals, numbered one through nine.
For Leonardo, Albers is one of art history’s most significant, influential creatives. “I was fascinated by his life story… by his style and influences,” Leonardo said in a statement. “[Albers’] work represents the transition between traditional European Art and New American Art.”
Leonardo’s number series educes Albers’ colour theory works: the late 60s Homage to the Square canvases, his iconic Nesting Tables, even the layered lines in the Club Chair. Frosted plates of perspex in peach, mauve, pale blue, and turquoise are stacked and conjoined to reveal new colour possibilities. At a glance, each number is an abstract sculpture—the typography seems to only reveal itself upon closer inspection. Similar to Albers’ oeuvre, each artwork is like an optical chromatic experiment.
Words by Sammy Preston.
[Images courtesy of Leonardoworx.]
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