Italian-born, Los Angeles–based artist Piero Golia (b. 1974) is a sculptor of situations. His works—which at times take physical form and at others are immaterial—are statements aimed at expanding the possibilities of art. His practice is heterogeneous and unpredictable, employing diverse mediums and methods to spark chain reactions that, even when they leave no objects or images behind, have the capacity to alter our perception. Drawn to the varied cultural associations of Los Angeles, where he has lived and worked since 2002, Golia has produced a vast number of artworks inspired by the city itself. He frequently operates outside the traditional parameters of studio practice, producing situations that aim to elicit a spontaneous response from his viewers through theatrical, conceptual gestures. Such an approach is evident in Still Life (Rotating device) (2019), in which Golia took a roulette wheel decommissioned from a Las Vegas casino, positioned it on a formidable black marble base, and set it in perpetual motion through the use of a motor. As the ball continually circles around the wheel, refusing to fall into a winning or losing position, Golia’s intervention subverts the speculative nature of roulette, rendering it eternally suspended under the artist’s masterful hand.
Photo: Gilda Aloisi