A bright aqua ship has sailed into the Galleria Ex Elettrofonica. The ANTIVEGETATIVA project by Italian artist Davide D’Elia presents a project born out of the opposition between organic and synthetic, living and aseptic, hot and cold, formal and informal. Aspiring to re-value the concept of passing time, ‘Antivegetativa’ is an art installation of an old ship, half painted in blue.

Antivegetativa | Ex Elettrofonica | Image courtesy of David D’Elia

Sourcing antique furniture from old cellars and flee markets with the intention to revisit the past, D’Elia half dipped all his pieces in an alluring shade of ‘Tiffany Blue’.

Antivegetativa | Ex Elettrofonica | Image courtesy of David D’Elia

This thought-provoking piece is coloured in an anti-fouling paint, a substance adopted as a primer for the hulls of ships in order to block micro-organisms growing mould on the walls.

Antivegetativa | Ex Elettrofonica | Image courtesy of David D’Elia

The half-immersed landscape not only represents an aura of the Ocean, but also prevents any decomposition caused by time, creating a surreal interior space.

Antivegetativa | Ex Elettrofonica | Image courtesy of David D’Elia

In order to yield more a realistic conceptual meaning to his artwork, D’Elia creates a humid atmosphere within the gallery by dripping water from a tap. The moisture left on the canvas of the dismissed frames brings his artwork to life and highlights his philosophy of passing the time.

Antivegetativa | Ex Elettrofonica | Image courtesy of David D’Elia

Antivegetativa | Ex Elettrofonica | Image courtesy of David D’Elia

Explaining the concept behind the artwork, D’Elia says:

 “‘Antivegetativa’ is an experiment in halting nature’s physicality, as well as the passing of time.” David D’Elia

References

David D’Elia (Official Website) [Online] Available at http://davidedelia.com/ [Accessed 06/07/16]

iGNANT.de (2016) An Installation Exploring the Passing of Time [Online] Available at http://www.ignant.de/2016/07/05/an-installation-exploring-the-passing-of-time-by-davide-delia/ [Accessed 06/07/16]

NERO (2016) Antivegetativa – Q&A with David E’Elia [Online] Available at http://www.neromagazine.it/n/?p=13477 [Accessed 08/07/16]