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 They define the geographical boundaries transient and elusive of his unpublished and personal cartography of the world made of evanescent ethereal miniature compositions, juxtaposed with a strong chromatic sensitivity.
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.
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