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"Constructing N: Nature – Francisco Infante - Arana"
2003-04-30 until 2003-05-10
UK United Kingdom
Is it possible to construct nature? Or how does a construction interact or interfere with nature? As a descendant of the Russian avant-garde, Francisco Infante - Arana aims to address a different set of aesthetic questions. Whereas the constructivists were constructing art with mundane materials and the suprematists were encroaching upon the metaphysics with geometric abstraction, Infante explores the dynamic relationship between nature and technology.
Through the installation of a manmade artefact (‘Artefact’) in natural surrounding, Infante contemplates this very relationship. He does so in a playful aesthetic manner. The exhibition comprises seven limited edition photographs in which the ‘perfect’ moment of this interaction is precisely captured. They are the culmination of close to twenty years of labour on the theme.
“With the ‘Artefact’ as a developed artistic system, nature and the Artefact operate on an equal footing, interconnecting and supplementing each other. Nature herself contains the impulse of infinity, while the artistic object - the Artefact - is a symbol of the technological component of the world. At the same time, this artificial object is not aggressive, does not insult nature by its presence, does not damage nature, and does not disrupt her subtle intersections. Where the Artefact interacts with nature, there evolves a field of play which acts as an organising principle.”
Artefacts: From the cycle "De La Napoule," 1994
50 x 50cm, Francisco Infante