MASSIMO AGOSTINELLI

M A S S I M O A G O S T I N E L L I

PLANET EARTH | ETERNAL PATH

Anagrams Series '2015'

Dimensions: 160 x 125cm

Medium: Lenticular pigment

Background: This image depicts a view of planet Earth taken from NASA’s Apollo 17 mission in 1972. Earth’s tilted axis allows us to view, the African and Antarctic continent as well as three oceans and three seas. Atlantic, Southern and Indian Ocean including the Mediterranean, Arabian and Red Sea. The colourful blue ‘marble like’ surface of both water and land is filled with detailed depth and clarity giving a vivid and raw portrayal of our “pale blue dot”. Agostinelli attempts to give the viewer a sense of perspective using only shining stars emitting rays of light reflected from the Sun while Earth is suspended in the vast universe of darkness within our Milky Way galaxy. The clouds are also visible in a dramatic topographical view, climatically changing and twisting across the continental lands and oceans. Our first ancestors or early humans known as Homo erectus originated from Africa over 2 millions years ago. It is for this reason that it is profoundly significant to be able to view Earth from this particular angle, as the African continent is indeed the cradle of civilisation or point of origin and ultimately our ‘eternal path’. Process: Agostinelli uses a medium known as ‘Lenticular Printing’.

Process: Agostinelli works with lenticular pigment for the Anagrams Series '2015'. Using a lenticular lens printing process directed onto resin based plastic substrate, forms a 3D effect with a flip image, revealing several layers of hidden meaning and depth. The embedded text is overlaid directly onto the image creating a fusion upon moving from the centre frame of the piece. The viewer experiences the anagram of 'JAMES DEAN' to reveal 'MADE JEANS' in a systematically fluid process. The lenticular acrylic pigment is used in a complex multi step process consisting of several images and frames interlacing to combine what appears to be an image with real depth and three-dimensional effects. The lenticular lens allows for the ‘Anagram Text’ to alternate and flip back and forth seamlessly depending on the angle viewed.