Germano Celant in "Arte Povera. Conceptual, Actual or impossible art ?, London, 1969, p. 225."
Animals, vegetables and minerals take part in the world of art. The artists feels attracted by their physical, chemical and biological possibilities, and he begins again to feel the need to makes things of the world, not only as animated beings, but as a producer of magic and marvelous deeds. The artist-alchemist organizes lining and vegetables matter into magic things, working to discover the root of things, in order to re-find them and exto them. His work, however, does include in its scope the use of simplest material and natural elements (copper, zinc, earth, water, river, land, s
now, fire, gras, air, stone, electricity, uranium, sky, weight, gavity, heights, growth, etc.) for a description or representation of nature. Whet interests him instead is the discovery, the exposition, the insurrection of the magic and the marvelous value of natural elements. Like a organism of simple structure, the artist mixes himself with the environnement, camouflages himself, he enlarges his threshold of things. (…)
Giovanni Anselmo, Senzo titolo (Struttura che mangia), 1968. Granit, fils de cuivre et laitue fraîche, 70 x 23 x 37 cm.
© Giovanni Anselmo © Centre Pompidou, Direction de l'action éducative et des publics, 2001.