Carlo GAMBERINI is a well known figure in the field of bronze casting, having run the
´Vignali´ foundry for many years, which is one of the oldest foundry’s in South
Africa. The Vignali foundry is a family business which is associated with the
bronze casting of Van Wouw, Villa, Kentridge, and Bell.
In his spare time Gamberini has amassed a small collection of sculptures
utilizing implements, driftwood, industrial off-cuts and a variety of other “found
objects” which he has collected over the years.
Gamberini’s sculptures possess a sense of spontaneity and humour which is their immediate
attraction. A closer examination of the works reveals the mark of a man who has
mastered the art of assemblage in a way that is seemingly effortless. His
hybrid animal and mechanical forms hint vaguely at the use of shape and form that
can be seen in much of Picasso’s work. It’s light subject matter however
prevents the work from being pinned down conceptually leaving much room for
interpretation on the part of the viewer.
After much persuasion, Mark Read has managed to convince Gamberini to exhibit his
sculptures which up until now have only been seen by the artist’s friends and family on
display in his home.
Carlo Gamberini´s Exhibition, "Star Gazers", will be running at the Everard Read Johannesburg from 9 February - 3 March 2012.