Thursday, December 29, 2011

New (limestone) trends in mosaic art

This is my 3rd LIMESTONE post. If you haven't read the previous posts, you can first go and read The "limestone" island and then Learning mosaic the flexible way (lime putty).

All this talk about limestone can only bring to mind a cutting edge group of mosaic artists called CaCO3 (by clicking on their name you will be visiting their site).

The above mosaic is entitled Movimento n.18 and it's white limestone on mortar, 60 x 90 cm. 2011. This piece was awarded the Orsoni Award this year - € 2,000 in materials from Orsoni Veniziani for The Use of Traditional Materials. 

Read more about the awards on Mosaic Art NOW.

Notice how the tesserae have been inserted into the mortar. A completely "unorthodox" way of mosaic making which kind of takes you back to the basics, praising simplicity and the need to exploit "what we already have" while at the same time there is a clear statement of something entirely new. Minimalistic new but "rich", rich as in filled with knowledge of the materials, with passion and with love for the medium

There's more from CaCO3.


This art work is called I.M.O.8 / Organismo n.8 white limestone on mortar. 2010

I am totally addicted to their work.

Here's one more, I guess my very favourite.


A close up helps us appreciate the intensity of the work and the dynamic interaction between the tesserae. I am not surprised to see how the achievement of an outstanding minimalistic artwork conceals such discipline and originality.


I have a few more things to share that have to do with concrete and some other stuff but still need to work on my ideas and hope to be able to post something soon. In the meantime, I will be posting some interesting finds that I have been tweeting.

My warmest wishes to each one of you for the New Year!

Images link back to their source and naturally belong the mosaic artists mentioned. Text in all 3 limestone posts was written by mosaicology.blogspot and can be republished as long as the source is indicated.

7 comments:

  1. Thank you for the shout out! I'll be tweeting your article for MAN followers to enjoy. CaCO3 is a big fave of mine.

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  2. Interesting pieces. All the Best in 2012!

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  3. wow, this is fantastic, love those textures!

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  4. Thank you Elizabeth! I popped over to your blog and loved your best photography books and tweeted i and ii part. Happy new year!

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  5. hi Lorena! So glad to hear from you again!

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  6. wow CaCO3 is amazing, loooove these artworks!!!

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