LISA NOCENTINI: La Biblioteca di Babele
Through Friday, April 5, you won’t want to miss this fantastical exhibition of ceramic sculptures by SACI’s 3D Area Head, Lisa Nocentini.
The Library of Babel is a series of around 40 works loosely based on the eponymous short story by Jorge Luis Borges.
According to Nocentini, “the story tells of a labyrinthine library (which some claim to be infinite and eternal) composed of unlimited hexagonal rooms where all the possible books of 410 pages constructed randomly from sequences of characters appearing in all their possible combinations are collected.
“In this library, purely by chance, there is a book containing, for example, the characters that faithfully reproduce the Divine Comedy … but you will also find a book that differs from the latter only for a single character … as well as a book which consists in succession without sense of characters equal to it or different. For every book there is (at least) a copy thereof expressing opposing views, one written in reverse, and copies written in other languages. On the cover of each book there is a title, but this almost never gives an idea of the actual content.
“In this library a few tired men attempt to research, most likely an eternal task, the book that contains the Catalog of the Catalogs or, perhaps, the Truth.
“With much more modesty, I tried to reproduce in a necessarily partial (and less serious) manner, the sense of randomness in the creation of the “content” derived from the concept of such a library: several elements now equal, now different combine in compositions that can make sense (more or less significant) or simply be combinations that some may consider absurd or paradoxical.
“We will find in this library a story that belongs to us?”
Lisa Noventini received a Diploma of Applied Arts in Painting and Ceramics, Istituto d’Arte di Porta Romana, Florence; studied painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti, Florence and painting and ceramics at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Aix-en-Provence, France. Also studied ceramics with English potters David Leach and John Colbeck and, from 1978 to 1981, served as assistant to Bruno Gambone. Since 1982, has worked as a professional potter in Florence and participated in exhibitions and competitions in Italy, Germany, and Switzerland. For a list of Lisa’s publications, see the Publications section of the SACI website.
March 14 – April 5, 2013
Open Monday – Friday, 9am – 7pm
Saturday & Sunday 1-7pm
Admission is free