GOBBETTO RESIN – EVOLUTION FROM RESIN FLOORS TO ARTWORK
One of the most revolutionary aspects of contemporary art in comparison to that of previous centuries is the incredible enrichment in the variety of materials used by artists. Contemporary artists have an almost infinite freedom of choice when it comes to turn their creativity into something tangible, a possibility of choice that they have never in the history of art previously had. In the 60s, thanks to Giancarlo Gobbetto’s inventive outlook the array of mediums and materials used in art gained one more: resin. Initially, resins were used exclusively as wall and resin floor covering, so mainly for the interior design world. But, Giancarlo Gobbetto, soon grasped that the materials he produced had a far larger potential of employment. By supporting and sponsoring artists he managed to make his vision, of resin as an art medium, real. Today, resin is largely used and appreciated in the visual arts for its glossiness and brilliance, for its appealing light-reflecting quality and for its durability, which allows artists to create indoor and outdoor works. One of the very first people that foretold such qualities is artist, architect and designer Gaetano Pesce; who instantly established a strong bond with this unique material. For decades now, his brilliant mind has been generating eccentric and unconventional ideas, textures and shapes. Resins, with their ductile quality, have been the most suitable means to allow him to transform his ideas into reality. The partnership between Gaetano Pesce and Gobbetto’s resins has been a decadal one and it enriched the art world of a vast variety of works, including jewellery, chairs, sculptures, installations, carpets, vases and many more. Today Gaetano Pesce is unanimously recognised as one of the most influential personalities of the art and design international scene. He earned this place thanks to his originality, to the lighthearted way in which he confronts even the most important themes, to the braveness with which he brings forward even his most extravagant ideas and, especially, thanks to resin that gave him the necessary freedom to make it all possible. One could wonder if in the future Gaetano Pesce and resins will be automatically associated with one another, just like today we automatically associate Carrara marble and Michelangelo?