I love The Cracking Art Group ! The 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).
They are six international artist that share the beguining of the Craking art Movement in 1983, the common intention was to change the art history by means of a strong social and enviromental commitment with a revolutionary and innovative tast using different plastic materials.
They played with the dichotomy between natural life and artificial reality. You should really read the quote below, you will not regret to know our theyr “soul” works.
“The name “Cracking Art” comes from the English verb “to crack” : splitting, breaking, cracking, crashing, yielding, etc… 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.
We firmly 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 each one 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 catalytic cracking (hence, the name of the Group), the processus transforming petroleum into plastics, has its roots in a millenary civilization, a huge and deep cultural evolution linking together human, artificial and environmental nature. It can be seen as a peculiar conceptual formula challenging the actual rules of contemporary art. This way, the Group’s choice is then an expressive way to connect common reasoning to individual search, involving a multisensorial performance of huge, colourful animals invading a variety of places (both artistic and ordinary ones such as highways and supermarkets).
Moreover, a “group-dimension” does not restrict the single artist’s personal expression. Each one of us is therefore free to develop a personal work with plastic materials.Plastic recycling means subtracting it from toxic destruction, which devastates environment. Making plastic artworks means communicating through an innovative and aesthetic language while paying a very strong attention to nature.”
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