"A leading proponent of Italy’s Arte Povera movement with a career spanning nearly fifty years,Gilberto Zorio has had a powerful influence on sculptural practice.

Blain|Southern London’s current survey of his work encompasses pieces from the 1960s to now, with a site-specific concrete star installed as the centerpiece of an exhibition that sees canoes rotating from the ceiling, chemical reactions taking place and sudden plunges into darkness. Zorio’s work echoes with the elemental unfussiness that Arte Povera championed. Strikingly simple recurring motifs of stars, canoes and javelins rendered in modest, recognizable materials make a powerful impression.

Blouin ARTINFO spoke to Zorio and the exhibition’s curator Mario Codognato about the lasting appeal and influence of Arte Povera and how it has shaped Zorio’s work."