IRÆ - This is (Not) the End

Special project

Michele Guido

Michele Guido

The forests as if they were multispecific biennials

"The special project that I signed for the occasion does not talk about man, but about the insects that in some way make man live because they give plants the possibility of reproducing more easily. The work, therefore, takes up Emanuele's concept Coccia when he talks about forests as if they were multi-species biennials: what is outside the city contains the same variety of shapes and colors that we can find inside a contemporary art biennial".

A numbered series of serigraphs composed of three works linked to life and the place that gives rise to life.

The first silk-screen print therefore contains the scan of a wasp's nest and in the background you can see the geometrisation of the structure of the nest linked to the hexagon and the circle.

The second shows the scan of a gall growing on an acorn: an insect called andricus quercuscalicis stings the branch of the oak and a vegetal volume is created on the acorn which contains the insect's egg.

The third shows the scan of a bean leaf attacked by a leaf miner. A very small insect inserts itself under the very thin film that covers the leaf and often leaves eggs. On the print of the leaf there is an opaline sheet on which only the design that the insect creates on the leaf is silk-screened.

Michele Guido

Born in 1976, Michele Guido lives and works in Milan.

In 1999 he was selected for a residency/study at the T.A.M. Center. directed by Eliseo Mattiacci. From 2001 to 2007, he had a studio at the Casa degli Artisti in Milan, where he organized with J. de Sanna and H. Nagasawa: “Open Discussion: the Concept of MA”, which in the oriental world indicates a passage, an interval of space time.

These elements have a decisive impact on the genesis of his work; from here comes the section of the plant elements, the stratification of the design to obtain the modular element that belongs to the genetic system of the plants.

Multidisciplinary investigations are developed with more complex projects called "garden projects" based on the formal analogies between the plant world and scientific research, the geographical origin of plants, their relationship with the culture of those places, biodiversity, anti-speciesism and the cycles linked to the seed-plant-fruit-seed in collaboration with seed banks.

His projects have been exhibited and preserved in various public and private places in Italy and abroad.