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Untitled 1968 (Eating Structure), (1968) - Giovanni Anselmo.
Sculptor Giovanni Anselmo is one of the founders of the radical Arte Povera movement in Italy in the 1960s. In 1965, upon one of his walks on Mount Stromboli at dawn (where he lives part-time), he was suddenly struck by the realization that he was merely a tiny detail in the vast continuum of universal energy.
This epiphany was to motivate his many works investigating the finite and the infinite, the microcosm and the macrocosm, and the elemental laws and forces of nature such as gravity, tension, magnetism and energy.
Inspired by these observations of latent forces in the natural world, Anselmo creates sculptures from found objects and a wide range of organic and inorganic materials including vegetables, water, electricity, granite, iron and plastic combined to strikingly demonstrate these forces.
Untitled 1968 – also known as Eating Structure or Sculpture that Eats – is an exploration of tension and gravity. In this work, a head of lettuce is squashed between a large standing block of granite and a smaller one, secured by a copper wire. If the lettuce is allowed to dry out, the wire will lose tension and the small stone will fall. The sculpture must therefore be constantly ‘fed’ with new lettuces in order for the sculpture to reproduce his intent. Some have interpreted it as a symbol of the fatal destiny of man crushed between forces greater than him.
LINES OF FEMININITY
21 June -- 9 July 'Mara'
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