“Tensions” is a word common to all of Paolo Icaro’s work, and he has specifically chosen it for his show at Studio la Città. These are all recent works, dating at the most from the second half of the 1990s, and in them the physical and mental sense of “tension” is highlighted and manipulated. Lengths of pre-stressed steel cable casually placed on the floor, or a strip of steel bent under the weight of plaster (series of works that form the nucleus of the show), are the image – and the reality – of a tension that at once shifts from visual reality towards a metaphoric meaning;