Can the flap of a butterfly’s wing in Brazil cause a tornado in Texas?

Edward Lorenz, 1972

Michael Gambino born in New York in 1988. After studies in Science and Biology, Gambino graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in the visual arts. Now he lives and works between Varese and Brescia.

The works of Michael Gambino are populated with rarefied three dimensional clusters of paper butterflies, patiently cut by hand and fastened to the canvas with pins. They define the geographical boundaries transient and elusive of his unpublished and personal cartography of the world made of evanescent ethereal miniature compositions, juxtaposed with a strong chromatic sensitivity.

Ready for metamorphosis .. Michael Gambino, 2017

Ready for metamorphosis .. Work in progress, Michael Gambino, 2017

Michael Gambino, Emerging from the atlas, 2017

Michael Gambino, Emerging from the atlas, 2017

The butterfly and the paper: interesting stylish choice

The butterfly, an ancient symbol of metamorphosis and rebirth, becomes a metaphor of universal harmony which binds all aspects of life, constantly changing. In his works the flow of these creatures follow to regenerate. This is the symbol of the same vital energy that moves the biological fluid cycles in nature, the metamorphosis of the organic material the artist knows well due to an initial training addressed to biology and chemistry.

This inspiration possibly comes from the Chaos Theory from the mathematic statistician Edward Lorenz, according to which there is a logical system of connections and cyclic recurrences that regulates the trend of significant events in temporal and spatial distance between them, which represents the principle generator. In the poetics of Gambino, this wonderful creature of colourful wings becomes the anchor for representing the totality of the dynamics that govern the evolution of the social, natural, political and economic realms on our planet.

Using the same methods of Arte Povera’s artistic movement, Gambino shows and expresses his thoughts without panting and cavases. He uses instead a simple and primordial element such as paper.

The result is a work with multiple meanings. This little butterflies, apparently statics, symbolize the links and connections of natural life all around the world. At the same time it talks about human relationship with Nature and social behaviour, to understand the bond of Everything.

Michael Gambino, Promised Land, 2015

Michael Gambino, Promised Land, 2015

Michael Gambino, United States, 2015

Michael Gambino, United States, 2015

Michael Gambino, World, 2016

Michael Gambino, World, 2016

Michael Gambino. India, 2014

Michael Gambino. India, 2014

Sources and picture from:

http://www.galleriarusso.it

https://mapsartblog.wordpress.com

http://www.imgrum.org

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