For Miart 2014 - Milan's annual art and object collector's fair - Gallery Libby Sellers will present Studio Formafantasma's 'De Natura Fossilium' - a new body of work that investigates the culture of lava in the Mount Etna and Stromboli regions of Sicily, two of the last active volcanoes in Europe.
Historically craftsmen would mould molten lava erupting from small craters into celebrated and elaborate forms. This time-honoured craft has effectively been rendered worthless as now only inexpensive souvenirs are produced. Formafantasma's investigations and the resulting objects will challenge this situation and realise the full potential of the lava as a source material for exquisite and collectible objects. As both their earlier Moulding Tradition (2009) and Botanica (2011) collections highlight, this re-evaluation of lost processes and materials is a constant theme in their work, as is their questioning of the relationship between tradition and local culture and the relationship between objects and the idea of cultural heritage.
Miart 28 - 30 March
Entrance Viale Scarampo Gate 5 pav. 3
Friday and Saturday 12.00 pm - 7.00 pm
Sunday 11.00 am - 7.00 pm