Materials: 4 confetti cubes
Dimensions: 36 x 36 x 36 in. (90 x 90 x 90 cm) each
Credit: Courtesy of the artist and Galleria Franco Noero, Turin
The cube can be a well-worn form in contemporary art. Lara Favaretto reconfigures not only the initial idea of the cube, but also its exhaustion, as her sculptural works often intimate a threat of destructive action. Each of the four confetti cubes on view here is made up of nearly 400 pounds of compressed confetti and will gradually fall apart over the course of the exhibition. Given the length of the 2013 Carnegie International (more than five months), the works will exist as mess of confetti for longer than they were ever cubes. Despite the allusion to parties, there is nothing celebratory about Favaretto’s confetti. The works portend failure, dissolution, and formlessness, even as they mark the entrance of the galleries. There is no autonomy of form, only the kind of beautiful embarrassment that comes from a pile of confetti on a white gallery floor, along with a light, knowing catharsis, a colorful exhaustion.