A beautiful selection of works from the 1980s by Italian artist Giorgio Griffa is currently on view at Casey Kaplan. Seemingly childlike, unfinished and ad-hoc, Griffa’s works are in fact relying on a strict set of analytical and cerebral rules. Griffa paints on unstretched, unprimed canvas employing symbolism and signage that always move from left to right. The finished works are then folded into specific sections where, over time, the creases perform an integral part of the work, specifically as focal points to its materiality. They are to be “awakened” or “activated” from their hibernation by ritual unfolding and nailed directly onto the wall according to precise instructions. Griffa’s paintings from the 1980s stand out for their melodious lyricism through imprecise repetition of gestures and vivid color aggregation. They are living organisms which hover around the intersection between Arte Povera, Conceptualism and Minimalism. They confound as well as astound. At Casey Kaplan through February 17.