At the Gallery Antonio Nardone the Cracking Art Group has invaded the space with penguins of all kinds, suricats and sometimes the careful visitor can also see some pigs.
But the question is who is behind the name Cracking Art and what is it?
Six international artists have gathered together with a strong will: to change art history. In order to do it, they have developed a strong social and environmental commitment. Indeed to create their art, they have used different plastic materials. Plastic which is used far too much in our contemporary society has found with Cracking Art a second life, bringing a focus to our everyday attitude towards consumption.
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).
Created in 1983, Cracking Art takes its name out from English; its meaning as splitting, breaking, crashing evokes the manner used. "Cracking" is the process needed to transform petroleum into virgin naphtha, which is the basis for many products of synthesis, for example plastic. The natural is therefore transformed into something synthetic but at the same time holds a new breath.
Cracking Art's main aim is to express an aesthetic and an innovative language with a considerable sensibility to nature.
So those coloured animals are not only important considering their size but they also reflect an opinion on nature. Also for us when they are presented in the street, they enlighten our day and that is quite relevant in our stressed contemporary society.
Moreover the team of the gallery Antonio Nardone has organised an event alongside with the exhibition due to the anniversary of the magazine, Arte News: a Belgian magazine created a little more than 6 years ago about culture in Belgium. Newly designed, it gives to its readers information about photography, painting, architecture, book reviews and so on.
On March 31st everyone in the opening could become a member of Arte News and go back home with a special package. It looks like cereal and you even have a surprise in your box--but it is not cereal, it is a Cracking Art surprise!! With your April magazine and your Cracking Art piece, it will make your day!
--by Stéphanie Bliard