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Alternating one to one hundred and vice versa is an iconic work by Alighiero Boetti. Executed in the second half of the Seventies, we can allocate it in the ten years in which the artist was experimenting new ideas. Alighiero Boetti goes for the first time to Afghanistan in the early Seventies and in Kabul he starts having the first embroideries executed. It is in the beginning of this decade that he illustrates on his block notes the writings within a square, from which alternating one to one hundred naturally derives.
There are several themes that lead to this work, primarily the concept of paternity of the work of art. This is a concept often debated by the artist: not only because the embroidery is the outcome of a constant collaboration between the artist and the talented Afghan weavers, but also because the artist leaves to the seriality of numbers and the precision of geometry the task of executing the canvas. Nevertheless the sequence of squares, one to one hundred and vice versa, manages to transform the canvas into a work that certainly does not lack of personality. Mathematics and the order of a sequence, find in the randomness of disposition the key point: alternating white and black squares and sewing inside them the same amount of squares in alternating colours makes the canvas seem to crumble in its central part transforming itself into an abstract work of art. Analogously the accumulation of white and black in the background of each vertical line of the embroidery, adds to the surface an extraordinary rhythm. Starting off from a mathematical sequence the work undertakes an extremely personal aesthetic which comes from randomness. Consequently this work turns into a consideration about randomness and the concept of the infinite possibilities of existing.
"Alternando da uno a cento e viceversa" is a proof of Alighiero Boetti’s vivid mind and its complexity, it is a hymn to curiosity and the re invention of the surrounding reality.
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