Abstract structuralism

Structuralism is a theoretical paradigm in sociology, anthropology, linguistics, semiotics and now visual arts, positing that elements of human culture must be understood in terms of their relationship to a larger, overarching system or structure. It works to uncover the structures that underlie all the things that humans do, think, perceive, and feel. Alternatively, Structuralism is the belief that phenomena of human life are not intelligible except through their interrelations. These relations constitute a structure, and behind local variations in the surface phenomena there are constant laws of abstract culture.

– Ferdinand de Saussure, 1857 – 1913, Swiss linguist
Palazzo della Civiltà Infinita – photocomposition on fine art print, Sarteri 2006

I’ve always been deeply fascinated by structures and visual impact of them from micro-sized ones as perceived on insects patterns to the biggest ones of architecture and satellite imagery.

Panels from satellite, Sacramento USA by Lodovico Minelli

In my +20 years research I experimented different approaches to structuralist abstraction, from  jacquard tapestry where abstract minimalism and color field painting interact with conceptual typographic messages to photographic compositions and satellite imagery research and large scale mural installations.

“Prospettiva pratica” – spray on book paper page by Lodovico Minelli 2007

Everything I researched in the years took me to the concept of identigrams, matrix of minimal information that describe experiences from my point of view.