Time is what is done, and even what makes everything happen” Henri Bergson

The philosopher Henri Bergson defined time in his Essay on the Immediate data of Consciousness as a rational and objective quantification of the passing of seconds and minutes. However, he opposes to it the notion of length that is to him “the true time”. Length is subjective and specific to each, and it depends on “a succession of our state of consciousness”. The italian artist Federico Pietrella chose to use time as a medium. As a matter of fact, his only tool is the date stamp. He said that he chose it “because it was the simplest tool I found to capture time.” But can time really be captured ? Even if it is an exact and measurable notion, it is also a dimension of consciousness that depends on an individual and individual perception. Pietrella thus represents length, or the passing of time and not time itself.

Federico Pietrella, Dal 14 al 21 Maggio 2022, 2022, stamped acrylic on paper, 80 x 60 cm. (UNAVAILABLE)
Federico Pietrella, Dall’8 al 16 Luglio, 2022, stamped acrylic on paper, 70 x 50 cm
Federico Pietrella, Dal 16 Dicembre 2020 al 3 Febbraio 2021, stamped acrylic on paper, 70×90 cm
Federico Pietrella, 27, 28 Luglio 2022, 2022, stamped acrylic on paper, 30 x 40 cm (UNAVAILABLE)
Federico Pietrella “Dale 12 al 16 Giugno 2022”, 2022, stamped acrylic on paper, 75X55 cm (UNAVAILABLE)

 

Federico Pietrella, Giugno, 2022, 200 x 250 cm, pencil on canvas
Federico Pietrella, Dal 6 Dicembre 2021 al 25 Gennaio 2022, stamped acrylic on canvas, 110 x 165 cm (UNAVAILABLE)
Federico Pietrella, Settembre, 2022, 200 x 250 cm, pencil on canvas
Federico Pietrella, Dall’8 al 23 Agosto, 2022, stamped acrylic on paper, 92 x 120 cm (UNAVAILABLE)