MASSIMO AGOSTINELLI

M A S S I M O A G O S T I N E L L I

TWELVE PLUS ONE | ELEVEN PLUS TWO

Anagrams Series '2015'

Dimensions: 160 x 125cm

Medium: Lenticular pigment

Background: The true significance of the number '13' has yet to be fully discovered, however the facts remain consistent through the ages. Thirteen (13) is symbolic of rebellion and lawlessness in human history as seen both biblically and across a wide variety of religions and belief systems. Not to mention countless historical references and stories linking its uncanny enigma to a deeply mysterious and powerful essence. Agostinelli aims to show the stark dichotomy between good and evil, with the use of black and white contrasting one another as the neo gothic styled text reaffirms its place in history. By examining '13' on a purely mathematical basis we find links to the 'Golden Ration' as well as being the 6th prime number and also one of the only 3 known Wilson primes among endless other intricately fascinating connection. Thirteen, being a Fibonacci number it enters into the realm of the logarithmic spiral found in nature from the phyllotaxis of leaves to the arms of spiral galaxies. Agostinelli demonstrates that 'thirteen' yet again mystifies us with this inexplicably unique anagram text (12 + 1 = 13 | 11 + 2 = 13).

Process: Agostinelli works with lenticular pigment for the ' Anagrams Series, 2015' by using the lenticular lens printing process, directed onto resin based plastic substrate, which forms a 3D effect with a flip image, revealing several layers of hidden meaning and depth. Agostinelli's recognisable block capital text is overlaid onto the black and white image. Upon moving from the centre of the piece, the viewer experiences the anagram of 'TWELVE PLUS ONE' to reveal 'ELEVEN PLUS TWO'. The lenticular acrylic pigment is used in a complex multi step process consisting of several images and frames interlacing to combine what appears to be an image with real depth and three-dimensional effects. The lenticular lens allows for the ‘Anagram Text’ to alternate and flip back and forth seamlessly depending on the angle viewed.