The investigation of landscape, nature and ecology in contemporary art has its roots, in part, in the legacy of Romanticism and the search for man's place within the world.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Cracking Art Group - In Miami

The Cracking Art Group consists of
Renzo Nucara (1955 - Crema/Italy),
Carlo Rizzetti (1969 – Bruxelles/Belgium),
Marco Veronese (1962 - Biella/Italy),
Alex Angi (1965 – Cannes/France),
Kicco (1969 -Biella/Italy),
William Sweetlove (1948 – Ostenda/Belgium).

Six international artists that, since the birth of Cracking Art Movement in 1983 with Epocale exhibiton in Milan edited by Tommaso Trini e Luca Beatrice, underline group’s intention to change art history through both a strong social and environmental commitment and the revolutionary and innovative use of different plastic materials that evoke a strict relationship between natural life and artificial reality.

The name “Cracking Art” comes from the English verb “to crack” = creaking, splitting, breaking, cracking, crashing, yielding… “Cracking is the gap of the contemporary man, struggling between the primary naturalness and a future more and more artificial”. “Cracking is the process needed to transform petroleum into virgin naphtha, which is the basis for many products of synthesis, as for example plastic”. Artists belonging to this movement believe that “Cracking is that kind of process which converts the natural into the artificial, the organic into the synthetic”.
A dramatic process, if not controlled, a splitting that puts everyone of us in front of new realities. “This opposition
particularly reflects itself in the materials’ choice (recycled plastic) and, subsequently, in the movement’s social and environmental commitment”.

The plastic, resulting from the catalytic Cracking (the name of the group comes from this term), which transforms petroleum into plastic, has its roots in a millenary civilization which is the history of man and his world. A history full of changes and events, a huge and deep cultural piece where human, artificial and environmental nature linked themselves into a conceptual formula that challenges the actual rules of contemporary art. Following this direction, the choice is then an expressive way that link group’s reasoning to individual searching and involve performance where coloured and huge animals invade a variety of places (art locations and ordinary living places such as highways and supermarkets).

Moreover, group dimension does not restrict artists’ individual expression. They also work by themselves interpreting, everyone following their needs, our contemporary problems and tensions giving plastic features to everything they engage with. Plastic recycling means subtracting it from toxic destruction which can devastate environment. Making plastic art works means communicating through an innovative and aesthetic language and expressing a particular sensibility to nature.

These eight-foot pink snails will claim Miami November 19th – not because they want to take over the Earth, but because they’re a commissioned installation by the Cracking Art Group. These giant snails will appear at key entrance points into Miami as well as the Art Deco Welcome Center over the course of six weeks, slated to make their first appearance at the Art Basel Miami Beach, then making their way west to bask under the Florida sun. Read on to discover more about these strange creatures and their origins.

Read more: Giant Pink Recycled Plastic Snails Will Invade Miami! | Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World

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