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The straight lines by No Curves

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Collater.al Contributors

No Curves is an Italian artist who has made his art a way of life. His name is already the manifesto of his style: in his art there is no space for curved elements.

“In geometry there are no escape routes but only rules: for me, the only tool to be correct in the world”.

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Through the straight lines that he creates with adhesive tape, a key element of his production that places him in the “tape art” movement, he skilfully draws ideas and figures that inhabit his authorial vision. 

But it would be reductive to speak only about lines made with ordinary adhesive tape. His lines dart, run, overlap and stratify: in other words, they create a map of trajectories that, if seen from the right distance, shape the form of what he wants to represent. Although they may appear to be two-dimensional, his works play with the third dimension to create a complexity that becomes apparent in the instant in which the lines combine and overlap, creating portraits, abstract paintings or figures. 

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“We believe in angles and straight lines” is his inner motto, which is also a declaration of intent, a forma mentis, his artistic trait. 

To get back to what was said before, No Curves’ life is marked by rules, in work as well as in life: “Setting limits is useful to avoid inconsistencies”, which in practice means “never betray your own ideas, people, your art. If I use the tape, he is the protagonist, I stay one step behind, I am the hand and the body that serve to pull it. Even when I transfer it into a digital environment: without recognisability there is no style, whatever the intended use”.

No Curves

If Picasso, in order to become the great artist we know, always said that he dedicated most of his life to work, No Curves grew up with the idea of earning money through hard work and sweat, and that results come only with constant dedication.Creativity is innate, it’s true, but if you don’t train it with practice, it doesn’t grow. It’s nice to talk about philosophy, but you have to know the nature of the materials you use, what their density is, what to pair them with, what their durability is. How much energy it takes to see a result. And when fatigue gets the better of you, because it’s part of the game, too”. 

Meticulous in the conception of the work, of which he does tests, sketches, models, like a real designer. Design is a key part of the creative process in which his designer mentality becomes the protagonist. But in the performative aspect, art takes over and his hand and heart are captured by the instinct of creation.

Words by: Francesco Fusi

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