Macchina per forare acquerelli [Watercolour-piercing machine], presented at the Studio Bocchi in Rome in 1990, is a big pantograph whose fixed ends pierce in their centre two watercolours made by the artist on a grosgrain canvas. Two one-hundred-lire coins of different sizes are fixed to the ends of the pantograph to symbolise the swings of the purchasing power in the relationship between art and market, and the lack of connection between size and value. In the same space there is another identical, tiny machine.
The visual interaction of the two pantographs expresses the symbolical function of the pantograph itself: the “disproportion” between the work of art and the object it represents.
Art’s absolute anarchy is minutely and openly recreated. (Dora Aceto)
Exhibition dates and venues
1990 - Due acquerelli [Two watercolours], Studio Bocchi, Rome, curated by Barbara Tosi
1993 – Arte Poetica – Macchina per forare acquerelli [The Art of Poetry - Watercolour-piercing machine], Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California
2007 – Castellarte 07, Monte Pagano, Roseto degli Abruzzi, curated by Gabriele di Pietro
2008 – Manipolazione di Cultura e Liberopensiero [The Manipulation of Culture and Freethought], Spazio Danseei, Olgiate Olona
2010 – Fabio Mauri, GC.AC – Galleria Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea di Monfalcone, Monfalcone curated by Andrea Bruciati
2012 – Fabio Mauri, THE END, Royal Palace of Milan, curated by Francesca Alfano Miglietti
2013 - Fabio Mauri, Picnic o Il buon soldato [Picnic or The Good Soldier], Galleria Michela Rizzo, Giudecca, Venice