/01 The Lure of the Sea

Ezio D’Agostino

…ma preferisco il rumore del mare

Inspired by depictions on ancient Greek and Roman friezes, full and empty spaces acquire their own metaphorical and scenic value.

The neutral background is devoid of any change, except those dictated by the unceasing movement of the sea and by the people filling the landscape, providing the rhythm of the scene, while a steady light shines on the surrounding void.

The sea becomes the time threshold to address, the perpetual movement which places everyone on the same boundary, a vision and a visual limit at the same time.

“Only the Greeks had several words for it. Hals, salt, the sea as matter. Pelagos, the stretch of water, the sea as vision, as spectacle. Pontos, the sea as space and route. Thalassa, the sea as event. Kolpos, the whole of the maritime space, including the shore, the gulfs and bays…

[…] Always greater than what it revealed of itself, Always older. Always more real. Beyond the myths.”

Jean-Claude Izzo, The Lost Sailors