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85. ANDRECO

PARADE FOR NATURE

With an academic background as an engineer, but artist by vocation, Andreco is certainely one of the most interesting figures of the recent italian contemporary art scene.

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Andreco, photo Alice Bettolo

Andreco was born in 1978 but he already has a very important background. He is an Environmental Engineer PhD, he did also Post Doc researches on green infrastructure and urban sustainability collaborating with the School of Engineering and Architecture of the University of Bologna, the Columbia University and the Nasa in New York City. His artistic research is focused on the relation between humans and nature and between the built environment and the natural landscape. Since 2000 Andreco is researching on different topics as anatomy, environmental sustainability, urbanism, ecology and symbolism, on the base of this researches he is creating new symbols for the environmental awareness.

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Andreco, Rise and Fall, 2015, mural for Clorofilla at Casa dei Beni Comuni, Belluno, Italy

Andreco’s work comes from an authentic passion for these themes, it is based on solid scentific bases and it is ispired by real and sometimes very urgent issues.
Most often these are interventions in close connection with the places, communities, geological and geographical conditions: large murals, installations, performances and site specific interventions (but also drawing, painting and video).
Continuous rise of CO2 levels in the atmosphere, seas’ pollution, intensive exploitation of the soils, climate change, overbuilding exasperated: anthropic pollution is for navigation systems the main cause of environmental damage.
The artist does not make propaganda, nor intend to provoke or denounce too openly. His work, characterized by a recognizable aesthetic borrowed from nature, suggest reflections, subject clearly alarming issues that everyone is free to investigate and discover.
The forms that Andrew uses to create most of his works are inspired by the mineral world and its aesthetic, with its net but not perfect shapes. They represent nature but are not abstract nor figurative. They are icons with the charm of the earth, freehand drawing which comes from a synthesis process.

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In order: Climate Change Mitigation, 2014; Nomadic Landscape, 2013; Resilient Bush, Biancospino: Superground, 2013

Among his most recent works, we can remember the project CLIMATE01, a big wall installation that he made in Paris, the city who recently hosted the COP21 - Sustainable Innovation Forum 2015. It represents the first step o fan art project inspired by the scientific climate change. Scientists estimate that the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere have a direct connection with the rising of temperature and climate change. 350 parts per million of carbon dioxide #CO2 in the atmosphere is a safe level. The CO2 concentration in atmosphere now is around 397 ppm and is predict 400ppm for the 2016.
Related to this global event, Andreco decided to realize a big mural work on the facade of the Richomme Primary School, in the 18th district, inspired by the consequences of the climate change and also an installation in wood and climbers plants in a community garden with the participation of the people of the neighborhood.

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Andreco, CLIMATE01, 2015 (Paris)

“In the climate change era the environment needs new symbols to withstand. We are in the century of the environmental crisis and my artwork is affected by it. My research is focused on the relation between humans and nature and between the built environment and the natural landscape. "Man is nature becoming conscious of itself " (Elisée Reclus) Since 2000 I'm constantly researching pushed by curiosity, finding connections between art and science, symbolism and environmental sustainability, anatomy and urbanism, bodies and cities, ecology and social justice, emotion and actions. I believe that multidisciplinary researches are needed. I support the idea that individual and collective freedom of thinking is a primary value. The objective of my research is to produce new visions, symbols and formulas, to make the invisible visible, showing the beauty of the hidden natural process as a contemporary alchemist that learns from the past.
There isn't just a method (I don't follow a specific scheme for my work) but the artwork production process is mostly site specific and influenced by the contest, the people that I meet and the environment. The artwork can be related to searching materials and natural elements, observing transformations and simplifying ideas in shapes. Sometimes I'm looking for a delicate balance, others times for a heavy impact. A common operation in my work is to transpose natural elements from the landscape to the built environment, changing the point of view, the perception and the conventional meaning of the objects, with the clear statement: Nature as Art” (Andreco).

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Andreco, Rocks, 2013 (Chiusa Pesio - CN); Philosophical tree, 2012 (Bologna), photo Marco Monicelli

*Courtesy of the images: Andreco