FAWP 3

Chiaravalle

   

FOUR ARTISTS WITH DIFFERENT BACKGROUND

GOT TOGETHER IN AN

INTERNATIONAL / INTERCULTURAL

INTERLINGUISTIC / INTERSTYLISTIC

SPACE

.OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT

GENERAL IDEA

MAKE A FIGURE/FIGURES IN BREAD

PLACE IT IN PIAZZA SAN MARCO - VENICE

TO BE EATEN BY THE PIGEONS

AS A CONTRIBUTION - COMMENTARY TO THE

BIENNALE

   
FOLLOWING:
EXTRACTS FROM A CADAVER'S NOTE BOOK (The True Story)

 

MEETING AT CHIARAVALLE, MILANO,

NICOLA'S (AND ROBERTO'S) STUDIO
DUTY FREE DRINKS PROSCIUTTO AND WHINE
TO BE WELCOME ON TUNE
HOT DISCUSSIONS ABOUT
THE FIGURE
FIGURES: 1,2,3,4? SITTING, LAYING,
STANDING?
MALE, FEMALE,
BOTH?
ABSTRACTIONS - CONCEPTUAL
STANDARDS - ETC.
TECHNICALITIES =
CAST IN PLASTER TO GET A NEGATIVE FORM
FILL IT UP WITH BREAD-PASTE
= POSITIVE IN BREAD
SOUNDS
EASY
   
1ST STEP
 

ITALY IS THE COUNTRY OF THE GESSO (PLASTER) RIGHT?

1ST STEP REVISITED
NICOLA AND DANIEL RUN AWAY AND COME BACK WITH 50K "GESSO RAPIDO"
(OBVIOUSLY THINGS WHERE GOING THEIR OWN WAY)
1ST TEST .........CAST OF A HAND
FINALLY NEW GESSO
WAIT AND WAIT _ GESSO NEVER GETS HARD
IT'S GOING TO BE A (ONE) MADONNA (SITTING)
TRY AGAIN _ SAME THING
THIS GESSO NEEDS, ALSO, LONG TIME TO DRY -
WRONG GESSO -> GET NEW GESSO
WHILE WORKING ON THE TORSO, THE CAST OF THE BREAST SLIPS
DRIVING AROUND MILANO ALL DAY
SLOWLY DOWN -
(DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO DRIVE MILANO
TO DRY HALF WAY TO THE BELLY = LONG
LOOKING FOR UNKNOWN ADDRESSES 32° C 90% HUMIDITY RUSH HOUR?)
FLAT
WHEN YOU GET THERE - WHEREVER IT IS - ITīS CLOSED
HANGING TEATS
NO NEW GESSO
IT'S GOING TO BE A VERY OLD MADONNA (SITTING)
2ND STEP
 
CHANGING METHOD / FORGET THE GESSO WE DO THE CAST WITH "GASA GESSATA"
3RD STEP
(PLASTERED BANDAGE - YOU KNOW - THE ONE USED WHEN ONE BREAKS A LEG)
BREAD EGGS SUGAR 
EASY - SURE - AND VERY EXPENSIVE
WE'VE GOT THIS HUGE PLASTIC BAGS WITH BREAD
DRIVING MILANO ALL DAY AGAIN
FROM MIMO 'IL BARBAS' DI CHIARAVALLE
FROM PHARMACY TO PHARMACY - ONE SMALL PACKET HERE
AND ALL THE NEIGHBOURS CAME ALONG WITH THEIR BREAD TOO
TWO IN THE NEXT ...........AND SO ON
(EVERYBODY IN THE VILLAGE WAS HIGHLY INTERESTED
BACK TO CHIARAVALLE MAKE A TEST
ABOUT WHAT WE WERE DOING
THE GESSO SIMPLY FALLS APART FROM THE GASA
PARTICULARLY THE CASTING OF THE TORSO)
ALL PACKETS THE SAME CONCLUSION = NEVER BREAK A LEG IN MILANO
BUT
NOT ENOUGH VASELINE TO COVER ALL HAIR -> WE MAKE

IT WASN'T DRY -> SO, SLICE IT AND LET IT DRY UNDER THE ITALIAN SUN

A WIG WITH THE REFILLING OF A SOFA - SMASH IT IN A PLASTIC BUCKET
- LOOKS KIND OF AFRO - SMALL ENOUGH TO MAKE A PASTE
AWFUL  
INGRID DON'T WANT TO GET THE FACE PLASTERED PROPORTIONS:
- CLAUSTROPHOBIA - 300 GR. BREAD
WE DO DANIEL'S INSTEAD 3 EGGS
IT'S GOING TO BE A VERY OLD MADONNA (SITTING) ½ GLASS SUGAR-WATER
WITH AN ESTRANGE MASCULINE EXPRESSION  
AND A 60'S HAIRCUT

FILL UP THE NEGATIVE PLASTER FORMS WHIT THE PASTE

 

 MAKE A SYSTEM OF RIBS (VERY ARCHITECTURAL)

  TO REINFORCE THE FORM
  FRONT AND BACK PARTS OF THE LEGS - ETC.
  PUT THE THING UNDER THE SUN AND WAIT -
  AFTER ONE DAY WE WHERE SURE = THIS IS GOING TO TAKE
  A COMPLETE WEEK TO DRY
  IN 3 DAYS WE SHOULD BE IN S. MARCO
  LET'S PANIC NOW
   

4TH STEP
CONTACT BAKERS
5TH STEP
TRY TO DRY IT WITH A TORCH
WELL, IT DID DRY IN THE OVEN
BURN CANDLES TO SAN AGUSTIN
BUT THE HEAT DISSOLVED THE VASELINE INTO THE GESSO
- NOTHING -
AND THE BREAD PASTE GOT STUCKed IN THE PLASTER SOOO MUCH
LAST SOLUTION = CUT THE FORMS IN SMALL PIECES
THAT WE HAVE TO PEEL IT OFF FROM IT
TO MAKE THEM FIT IN A HOME-SIZE OVEN
SURGERY WAY
AND DRY IT
SOME PARTS CAME OUT WELL, SOME NOT SO WELL
AND SOME IN THOUSAND SMALL TINY LITTLE BITS
(DARK CLOUDS ALL OVER)

6TH STEP
MAKE A FIGURE OUT OF THAT!
ROBERTO CAME UP WITH THE IDEA = SEW IT (BRILLIANT)
DRIVE MILANO ETC. (WE LEARN RAPIDLY)
A REAL PUZZLE
FILL it UP WITH BREAD + PASTE
GLUE WITH EGG, SEW AND TIE IN LARGER PIECES
WRAP IT IN BANDAGE AND OFF TO VENICE

 

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