Artist Giuseppe Licari
Entitled: Humus, Secret Gardens (2012),Tent Rotterdam. A site-specific installation.
Materials: Ceiling construction, trees’ roots, halogen lamps.
Sicilian Artist Giuseppe Licari, b. 1980, based in Rotterdam, Netherlands, focuses on the cross-border of the natural world and the built environment.
His site-specific installation, titled Humus ( referring to the soil layer that is essential for the growth of trees and plants), and taking place at TENT Rotterdam’s central space, features the extended roots of trees affixed to the top of the ceiling like exposed organic chandeliers, transforming the room into a sort of underground lair (technically ‘layer’).
Through viewer interaction with the installation itself, the relationship between humankind and nature, growth and decay are central themes in Licari’s work, which resonates with an echo of Arte Povera, (where we seekto go back to our roots—an era that predates digital reliance).
Licari says, ”I focus on the space surrounding us and I often use a whiff of universal irony, trying to convey a message in a way that it is easily accessible. I do this partly because I intend to give to the audience an active role in my work.”
His composed landscapes (an open-ended process of exploration of human perception) constitute places of memories, where emotions of the individual become ‘part’ of a collective experience. To Licari, forming a collective memory between all participants, creates different levels of reactions and contribute to the artwork itself- the work then becomes complete.
Sources: Giuseppe Licari | Visual News | ARCH20 | Feather of Me | My Modern Met