The antifouling paint is commonly used on the hulls of old ships to protect the surface making it aseptic and sterile and thus preventing the growth of algae and molds. The Italian artist Davide D’Elia has used this particular product for its installation called Antivegetativa that explores the inexorable flow of time defying the natural course of life.
The work consists of 19 canvases taken from second-hand markets, a chair that is a symbol of waiting and a buoy indicating the limit not to cross. The surfaces, the floor and the walls of the space were then painted with Tiffany blue with a antifouling paint. The result is a timeless split half space, immersed in an abyss that blocks the flow of time and every kind of natural process. What resists above the color go into contrasts with what remains below the antifouling line traced by the artist.
In his previous work, in 2010, the artist had installed microorganisms directly on the walls of the Ex Elettrofonica gallery in Rome, keeping them alive by using chemical agents and constantly monitoring the temperature of the environment. This time he experiences the reverse process by trying to block the vital force of nature.