Tristano di Robilant’s glass, metal, and ceramic sculptures balance geometric forms with exquisite light and color. His elegant creations highlight the particular qualities of his materials, emphasizing distinctive forms. These works are also acutely attuned to the world around them, with translucent surfaces that play with light and reflection. Their irregular and seemingly random shapes are at once surprising and mesmerizing. The sculptures’ playful forms are often paired with enigmatic titles that borrow from a range of literary, philosophical, and historical influences. Working in close collaboration with master artisans in Italy, di Robilant embraces an element of chance, relinquishing some of his control. It is within this delicate balance between inspiration and execution that di Robilant’s work achieves a complexity and refinement that solicits attention and reflection.
In the month following the opening of this exhibition, di Robilant will remain in San Diego as an artist in residence at MCASD, as he develops his next body of work.
Tristano di Robilant is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and made possible by generous lead underwriting support from Garna G. Muller. Institutional support of MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, and the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Fund.