“ Unité d’habitàtion”, 2010/2016
Unité d’habitation is a project that brings forward from 2010 Parisi’s interests in painting, sculpture, drawing and etching. The focus of the series is to redeem the utopia of Le Corbusier’s Modernist project through the non-functional possibilities of art. It is a series of works in which the layering and the division of the surface define the space of the work: sharing (of the space) and stratification.
With the etchings, the artist reflects on the fundamental elements of an expressive technique now considered obsolete, and makes a necessity of the potentiality of its infinite reproducibility through the canons that constitute etching from the beginning: sign, tone, and color. There are four overlapping aluminum plates that according to the classic technique of color printing (CMYK) define two of the many possibilities obtainable: black & white and color. The craftsmanship of the printing process, a fundamental element of this technique, introduces the relationship between the act of making and the mechanically-etched plates.