Circles, spheres and circularity characterise this exhibition of new works by acclaimed Italian artist Massimo Bartolini. The installation is at once unsettling and conducive to re?ection, familiar yet shot through with incongruity. Sphere closely resembles a court for the French game of boules. An area inside the vast industrial space of Ikon Eastside has been prepared with soil and gravel, according to professional guidelines, and the boules, eight brass balls, are available for those
wishing to play. There is normally a small wooden ball called 'cochon', which is the still centre of the game, but the artist has substituted this with a walnut. Bartolini refers to the Zen-like nature of
boules, the idea that it engenders a philosophical quiet.
Massimo Bartolini's Triple Loop exhibition is supported by Birmingham City Centre Council, Advantage West Midlands, the European Reginal Development Fund and the Italian Cultural Institute. With thanks to Fundaçäo de Serralves, Porto, Portugal.