Massimo Dalla Pola, THE BAD PLANTS

«Aconitum napellus is a herbaceous plant of the Ranunculaceae family with a flower head vaguely resembling an ancient helmet. It is one of the most toxic plants of the Italian flora found in the mountainous areas of the Alps».

The bad plants: the title alone denounces the danger of what Massimo Dalla Pola represents. The large pastel-coloured flower is, in fact, a poisonous plant, which the artist has chosen to print on plastic in order to remove any reference to reality, exaggerating its two-dimensionality and icy appearance. Dalla Pola’s nature always contains traces of man, which the artist never explicitly includes in his work: in this case it is in the support, PVC, which is as toxic as the herbaceous essence.

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Aconitum napellus (form the series The bad plants), 2007, digital printing on PVC, variable dimensions

Posted on: 2 November 2021, by : Alessandro Ulleri