I think that gold is a light that can illuminate, and give us a way to satisfy our conscience. - Fabrizio Plessi
About this collection
An internationally renowned pioneer of video art, Fabrizio Plessi has been working with innovative time-based technologies since the 1960s. For him, art means movement and temporality, and he has consistently explored themes related to natural elements.
Digital Gold is Plessi’s exploration of the visual form and powerful meanings associated with the mineral gold. Inspired by its use in Byzantine mosaics, Plessi invokes gold’s association with spirituality and the divine, while also suggesting its associations with trade and coins, fine jewelry, luxury and wealth. Since ancient times this precious metal has been used to adorn the body, to enhance beauty, to showcase power and social standing.
Gold is a rare yet malleable mineral that can transform. In Digital Gold, Plessi visually explores this transformation through a hypnotic cycle in which the solid matter of gold bricks are liquefied into a refined and sensual fluid. The image of melting gold, the journey from solid into liquid, while strikingly beautiful, also feels transgressive, suggesting irrational volatilities of economic markets and the tensions between digital and physical values.
The Digital Gold Collection by Fabrizio Plessi is launched in conjunction with his current retrospective exhibition at Tornabouni Arte and curated by Serena Tabacchi. The exhibition will be on view from 21 September 2022 at Tornabuoni Arte, Florence Italy, and Palazzo Bartolino Salimbeni, concluding with the NFT Collection sale during Art Basel Miami Beach on the 3 December 2022.