Waste collection #1 #2 #3

The drippings
Triennale Design Museum, Milano, Italy
2014
Scrap, consumption, waste, collection, trace. Chiara Capellini showcases a long process of studies, journeys, and obsessive research of vestiges left by humankind.Vestiges as fragments of a transit – accidental or voluntary –, of an action carried out with a clear purpose, now normal and out of control, the purpose of a series production for consumption. Capellini’s path is clear and tangible. It is divided into 3 working levels, bound up with one another due to the natural inclination of the artist, who is an inquiring and impetuous observer of the tiniest details surrounding each daily action whether or not it is hers. From a random action some years ago, from which the first series showcased was born, she has increasingly strengthened her interest in collecting waste. Text by Rossella Farinotti

Waste collection #1

The drippings
Triennale Design Museum, Milano, Italy
2014
Those microsculptures with random, different, nearly anthropomorphic appearances are the residual of the assiduous pictorial work of the artist who, randomly rescuing from the floor of her old atelier the drip waste deriving from acrylic used on large canvas, they turned out to different sizes and forms thanks to the conceptual support of the artist.Why starting from a simple trace on the floor can’t you extract a unique, three-dimensional thing? A little, precious, artwork.An artwork that you can today observe, even in a box frame, to inspect each single tiny, diffe- rent potentiality.And it turns out that Duchamp’s action of overturning meaning, function, and, why not, place, makes sense here. From artwork’s waste to artwork. Text by Rossella Farinotti

Waste collection #2

Carte da forno
Triennale Design Museum, Milano, Italy
2014
“Here is how from an apparently normal and simple gesture, from a daily action like the one of the baker or of an artisan who manually, day by day, shapes goods as essentials as bread, the second project comes to life: rescuing as much baking parchment used by all bakers in Italy as possible, stealing traces of this intense activity and making them unique artworks, too. Chiara has therefore started a journey through many capital cities in Italy. From Milan – the archetype concept has begun in the bakery of the historic Gianni Berni – to Rome,Venice, Bologna, Florence, Padua, Naple, Ischia, Bari, in order to take the residuals of this impressive work. Baking parchment shows tracks of what has been produced. Like a shroud, this veil, nowadays used by bakers with great popularity – the artist has cho- sen cities with more than 200,000 inhabitants – is necessary for a wider and wider production, as a response to a greater demand.” Text by Rossella Farinotti

Waste collection #3

Color testers
Triennale Design Museum, Milano, Italy
2014
“Third step.The use and consumption humans make through a testing gesture. In color shops and at the stationers all over the world you have the possibility to make tests: you can use a paper or a notebook in order to scribble and test the item you would like to buy. Chiara Capellini, through what is for her a banal and daily gesture – i.e. buying colors – one day, in New York, a magic place for any artist, has been impressed by the beauty of all these color tests together. Pages and pages, an impressive amount of scribbles taken from the cities where most of the artists hang out: New York, Berlin, London, Paris, Barcelona,Tokyo, Rome, Milan.Again the need to record a gesture made by many people, a doodle, a writing, a sentence, a color, they become something different from their usual use.The artist has re-elaborated these traces of many people’s transit and has framed them as unique works of contemporary art.” Text by Rossella Farinotti