Based on the philosophy that art is forever and works of art can be connected, it follows that a given work and a given idea can enter into an eternal synergy. This is how the Italian artist Giovanni Anselmo (1934-) presents his works – as a single, living organism that evolves and grows larger, always interconnected.
Reflecting the passing of time
A key player in the Arte Povera movement, Anselmo often uses materials that are humble and relatively easy to access. His sculptures are eye-catching combinations of cement blocks and textiles, in some cases distorted to form new shapes and figures. His beautiful and thought-provoking installations juxtapose organic and natural elements such as wood and plants with lifeless and cold materials in the form of cement, stone, or metal, brought together either in harmony or imbalance. These combinations of the organic and inorganic also reflect their location in time – the organic is volatile, where the inorganic is eternal and unshakable. Thus, Anselmo’s works represent the passage of time and its inevitable effect, as well as nature and its interplay with various co-actors.
Art in constant flux
Because Anselmo sees his art as a living thing in a state of constant transformation, he is unafraid to adjust or edit his creations or to create entirely new versions of them. For Anselmo, there is something special about the idea of something eternal, yet indefinite and undefined. The constant flux in Anselmo’s art evokes a vivid picture of the erratic transformations found in everything on Earth and in human life. Nothing is eternal, everything changes, and beauty resides in finding meaning in this.