We live in a time that does not believe in forever, we grow up changing phones, cars, cities. We are used to temporary contracts and relationships in a sort of culture of abandonment, yet everything we leave behind remains. It’s a lesson we are learning at our own expense, artists like Nazareno Biondo try to make it tangible.
His projects start from the symbols of the disposable philosophy, an unlit cigarette, bottle caps and packaging that we can find on the sidewalk of any urban area. In his workshop the waste of a hurried society becomes eternal artworks. Like the sculptures of the ancients, the chosen subjects become timeless testimonies of a contemporary thought and life. Represented with a critical hyperrealism, packages of cigarette papers, condoms and tin cans are ennobled and impose themselves to the viewer in all their ironic majesty.
We deal with them every day but it is as if we were seeing these objects for the first time, every minute detail emerges from the blocks of Carrara Marble that the artist reuses: “Nothing in my work, as in the world we live in, should be wasted”. Looking at them we feel a strange closeness and connection, it happens to us too to feel used for specific purposes, only to be abandoned for no reason. Nazareno Biondo’s works go down to a deeper level: the waste of everyday life becomes a metaphor for a collective feeling. It is a decisive stance against the custom of mass culture, a silent protest and full of meaning.