LUOGO / GIOCATTOLIBRO MORBIDO, 2006 Artist’s book Homage to Enzo Mari
Luogo / Giocattolibro Morbido takes its cue from one of Enzo Mari’s extraordinary works, including several dedicated to children, and precisely from ECOLO of (1992) 1995. Enzo Mari creates for Alessi “Ecolo”, an instruction booklet for making a vase of flowers from used packaging. It contains a rigid label with the name of the Publisher and the Creator to apply, if desired, to the vase made. With this, in addition to providing a functional, replaceable, zero-cost product, it conveys a critical message to the merchandise system “Today in design, what you buy is not a product but just a label”.
1. Get: one package of liquid detergent plastic; ten sponge cloths of various colours, square or rectangular, about 4 mm thick; two key rings. 2. Cut the packaging in exactly half with a knife. 3. Make four small holes in the handle of the packaging to insert two rings.
keychain so that the two packaging shells stay together on one side. 4. Make a cardboard template (black in the photos) of the inner shape
of the packaging. 5. Shape, with scissors, the ten sponge cloths using the cardboard shape
made and matched, two by two, putting together different colors. 6. Print the word PLACE, if you want, or look for one of your own choice and with the
your favorite font. 7. Pierce, with a cutter, the five letters that make up the word PLACE on the sponge cloth templates. Each letter must be perforated on only one of the two shapes that make up the five pairs. Then, glued together, with bostik glue, the coupled sponge cloth templates. Then cut out the letters of the word PLACE with sponge cloths; each letter of the same colour as the whole template (not perforated). 8. Print the labels with the name of the designer and the instructions, if desired, or make others and glue them on the front and back of the packaging, overlapping the existing ones. 9. Reconstruct the whole by inserting: the sponge letters in the respective sponge pages, the sponge pages in the two shells of the plastic packaging. Place the shells next to each other and hold them together with the packaging stopper.
Have a good game children!
Sulmona, (AQ) 1962, lives in Rome. In 1987 he graduated in Scenography at the Accademia di belle arti in L’Aquila. A student and assistant to the artist Fabio Mauri since 1988, he now collaborates with the Fabio Mauri Studio Associazione per l’Arte L’Esperimento del Mondo and teaches Art and Image at the Istituto Comprensivo Alberto Manzi in Rome. He has held courses and workshops at the Accademia di belle arti in L’Aquila, the Accademia di Brera and the European Institute of Design in Rome.
Exhibitions: Odissea Contemporanea 2019 – Torre dei Templari-San Felice Circeo (LT), 2019; LOST/FOUND Utopie del ricordo, Laboratorio d’arte Maw – Sulmona 2018 (exhibition only); Homage to Fabio Mauri, Avivson Gallery – London, 2018 (solo show); Odissea Contemporanea 2018 – Castello Baronale di Maenza (LT), 2018; Intime Architectures / projects of memories, Palazzo da Mula – Murano (VE), 2017 (solo exhibition); Festa dei Musei, Inauguration of the Contemporary Museum MADXI – Latina Scalo (LT), 2016; AIR – Arte in Riserva, Gole di San Venanzio – Raiano (AQ), 2015; Odissea Contemporanea 2015, Museo Civico Archeologico, Biblioteca “A. Tomassini” – Norma (LT), 2015; Memorie o L’inganno dei sensi, Museo Manzù – Ardea (RM), 2015 (personal); Memorie o L’inganno dei sensi, Museo Civico Archeologico “Antonio De Nino” – Corfinio (AQ), 2015 (personal); La grande illusione, Temple University – Rome, 2014; Auction of contemporary art works for Salviamo il Museo Filangeri – Naples, 2013; 15th edition – Buskers & Performers Festival (Visual Arts Section) – Carpineto Romano (RM), 2004; 14th edition – Buskers & Performers Festival (Visual Arts Section) – Carpineto Romano (RM), 2003; Itinerario sulla materia del gruppo Etra – Pratola Peligna (AQ), 2003; Itinerary on the subject of the group Etra – Popoli (PE), 2003; Extreme Bianco Anomalia, Galleria Chioda – Rome, 2003; Sales, Private Collections, Arteficinterni – Rome, 2003; 2nd edition for Artists-Scenographers Fate in festa – Roccacasale (AQ), 2002; Materia del gruppo Etra – Avezzano (AQ), 2002; Lo scandalo dello spirito-Arte Contemporanea per Celestino V, Castello Cinquecentesco – L’Aquila, 2000; Mail-Art Italia – Belvedere Ostrense (AN), 1998; Incartati fantasie di cartone, Galleria Liberamente – Roma, 1996; Giotto e aiuti, Galleria Liberamente – Roma, 1996; Incantesimi – Bomarzo (VT), 1996.