Canapaio Ellittico is an action in which, togheter with the members of Società Agricola CDM, I have created a hemp garden in the Parco delle Groane, in the north province of Milan, the most air polluted area of Europe, according to the World Health Organization.

The garden is based on a geometric drawing that represent an ipotetical scheme of sustainable progress, born by the mix of the medieval idea of progress, representable as a circle, with the modern idea of progress, representable as an ever-increasing parabola. The drawing is composed by a series of ellipses of different size, tangent to the origin.
Using a rudimental sistem, based only on two pegs and cords of different length, the performers have replicate on large scale the drawing by planting small hemp plant at the distance of one stride beetwen one to another.
The choise of using hemp plants for the project is relate to the big ammount of air pollution that those plant can absorbe (about four times more compared to the average of the other plants). Moreover recent italian laws allow cultivation and marketing of the hemp with low level of active principle (THC), but do not define a human use for the product, so hemp flowers are now sold only for collecting purpose, relating this vegetal element to art works, design objects, etc.

Canapaio Ellittico, digital scheme

Canapaio Ellittico, digital scheme

Francesco Fossati and azienda agricola CDM, Canapaio Ellittico, 2018, action at Groane Park, Solaro, Milan, photo Nicholas Cazzaniga

Francesco Fossati and Azienda Agricola CDM, Canapaio Ellittico, 2018, action at Groane Park, Solaro, Milan, photo Nicholas Cazzaniga

Francesco Fossati and Azienda Agricola CDM, Canapaio Ellittico, 2018, action at Groane Park, Solaro, Milan, photo Nicholas Cazzaniga

Francesco Fossati and Azienda Agricola CDM, Canapaio Ellittico, 2018, action at Groane Park, Solaro, Milan, photo Nicholas Cazzaniga

Francesco Fossati and Azienda Agricola CDM, Canapaio Ellittico, 2018, action at Groane Park, Solaro, Milan, photo Nicholas Cazzaniga

Francesco Fossati and Azienda Agricola CDM, Canapaio Ellittico, 2018, action at Groane Park, Solaro, Milan, photo Nicholas Cazzaniga

Francesco Fossati and Azienda Agricola CDM, Canapaio Ellittico, 2018, action at Groane Park, Solaro, Milan, photo Nicholas Cazzaniga

Francesco Fossati and Azienda Agricola CDM, Canapaio Ellittico, 2018, action at Groane Park, Solaro, Milan, photo Nicholas Cazzaniga

Francesco Fossati and Azienda Agricola CDM, Canapaio Ellittico, 2018, action at Groane Park, Solaro, Milan, photo Nicholas Cazzaniga

Francesco Fossati and Azienda Agricola CDM, Canapaio Ellittico, 2018, action at Groane Park, Solaro, Milan, photo Nicholas Cazzaniga

Francesco Fossati and Azienda Agricola CDM, Canapaio Ellittico, 2018, action at Groane Park, Solaro, Milan, photo Nicholas Cazzaniga

Francesco Fossati and Azienda Agricola CDM, Canapaio Ellittico, 2018, action at Groane Park, Solaro, Milan, photo Nicholas Cazzaniga

Francesco Fossati and Azienda Agricola CDM, Canapaio Ellittico, 2018, action at Groane Park, Solaro, Milan, photo Nicholas Cazzaniga

Francesco Fossati and Azienda Agricola CDM, Canapaio Ellittico, 2018, action at Groane Park, Solaro, Milan, photo Nicholas Cazzaniga

Francesco Fossati and Azienda Agricola CDM, Canapaio Ellittico, 2018, action at Groane Park, Solaro, Milan, photo Nicholas Cazzaniga

Francesco Fossati and Azienda Agricola CDM, Canapaio Ellittico, 2018, action at Groane Park, Solaro, Milan, photo Nicholas Cazzaniga

Francesco Fossati and Azienda Agricola CDM, Canapaio Ellittico, 2018, action at Groane Park, Solaro, Milan, photo Nicholas Cazzaniga

Francesco Fossati and Azienda Agricola CDM, Canapaio Ellittico, 2018, action at Groane Park, Solaro, Milan, photo Nicholas Cazzaniga

Francesco Fossati and Azienda Agricola CDM, Canapaio Ellittico, 2018, action at Groane Park, Solaro, Milan, photo Nicholas Cazzaniga

Francesco Fossati and Azienda Agricola CDM, Canapaio Ellittico, 2018, action at Groane Park, Solaro, Milan, photo Nicholas Cazzaniga

Francesco Fossati and Azienda Agricola CDM, Canapaio Ellittico, 2018, action at Groane Park, Solaro, Milan, photo Nicholas Cazzaniga

Francesco Fossati and Azienda Agricola CDM, Canapaio Ellittico, 2018, action at Groane Park, Solaro, Milan, photo Nicholas Cazzaniga

Francesco Fossati and Azienda Agricola CDM, Canapaio Ellittico, 2018, action at Groane Park, Solaro, Milan, photo Nicholas Cazzaniga

Francesco Fossati and Azienda Agricola CDM, Canapaio Ellittico, 2018, action at Groane Park, Solaro, Milan, photo Nicholas Cazzaniga

Francesco Fossati and Azienda Agricola CDM, Canapaio Ellittico, 2018, action at Groane Park, Solaro, Milan, photo Nicholas Cazzaniga

Francesco Fossati and Azienda Agricola CDM, Canapaio Ellittico, 2018, action at Groane Park, Solaro, Milan, photo Nicholas Cazzaniga

A group of works that continue the series "Organic Pictures" realized only with leafs and berries collected on the island during the residence program at CASA A, an artist' villa designed by rationalist architect Pietro Lingeri in 1940 on the Comacina Island in the Como Lake.

Francesco Fossati, self portrait as a green loser (sanguinella), 2018, ecoprint on linen and palm leaves, 340 x 155 cm approximately

Francesco Fossati, self portrait as a green loser (sanguinella), 2018, ecoprint on linen and palm leaves, 340 x 155 cm approximately

Francesco Fossati, replica (Ailanthus altissima), 2018, ecoprint on organic cotton, 150 x 180 cm

Francesco Fossati, replica (Ailanthus altissima), 2018, ecoprint on organic cotton, 150 x 180 cm

Francesco Fossati, replica (Ailanthus altissima), detail, 2018, ecoprint on organic cotton, 150 x 180 cm

Francesco Fossati, replica (Ailanthus altissima), detail, 2018, ecoprint on organic cotton, 150 x 180 cm

Francesco Fossati, nocciolo, 2018, ecoprint organic cotton, 150 x 180 cm

Francesco Fossati, nocciolo, 2018, ecoprint on organic cotton, 150 x 180 cm

Francesco Fossati, nocciolo, detail, 2018, ecoprint organic cotton, 150 x 180 cm

Francesco Fossati, nocciolo, detail, 2018, ecoprint organic cotton, 150 x 180 cm

Francesco Fossati, tutte le foglie dell'isola, 2018, ecoprint on organic cotton, 187 x 150 cm

Francesco Fossati, tutte le foglie dell'isola [all the island's leafs], 2018, ecoprint on organic cotton, 187 x 150 cm

Francesco Fossati, tutte le foglie dell'isola, detail 2018, ecoprint on organic cotton, 187 x 150 cm

Francesco Fossati, tutte le foglie dell'isola [all the island's leafs], detail 2018, ecoprint on organic cotton, 187 x 150 cm

 Francesco Fossati, More Sparse, 2018, ecoprint on linen, 115 x 150 cm, Collezione Accademia di Brera, Milan

Francesco Fossati, More Sparse, 2018, ecoprint on linen, 115 x 150 cm, Collection Accademia di Brera, Milan

Francesco Fossati, More Sparse, detail, 2018, ecoprint on linen, 115 x 150 cm, Collection Accademia di Brera, Milan

Francesco Fossati, More Sparse, detail, 2018, ecoprint on linen, 115 x 150 cm, Collection Accademia di Brera, Milan

Francesco Fossati, Ailanto Alto, 2018, ecoprint on organic cotton, 150 x 185 cm

Francesco Fossati, Ailanto Alto, 2018, ecoprint on organic cotton, 150 x 185 cm

Francesco Fossati, Ailanto Alto, detail, 2018, ecoprint on organic cotton, 150 x 185 cm

Francesco Fossati, Ailanto Alto, detail, 2018, ecoprint on organic cotton, 150 x 185 cm

Francesco Fossati, prova colore - tutte le essenze dell'isola, 2018, ecoprint on organic cotton, diptic, 270 x 150 cm

Francesco Fossati, prova colore - tutte le essenze dell'isola, 2018, ecoprint on organic cotton, diptic, 270 x 150 cm

Francesco Fossati, Ailanto sparso, 2018, ecoprint on organic cotton, 150 x 180 cm

Francesco Fossati, Ailanto sparso, 2018, ecoprint on organic cotton, 150 x 180 cm

Francesco Fossati, Ailanto sparso, detail, 2018, ecoprint on organic cotton, 150 x 180 cm

Francesco Fossati, Ailanto sparso, detail, 2018, ecoprint on organic cotton, 150 x 180 cm

Fake History [Hemingway], 2016, installation view at Parco Nord Milano IT, Carrara Marble plaque and steel, 80 x 230 x 5 cm
"In questi campi, nel 1918, lontano da occhi indiscreti Ernest Hemingway si appartò con una giovane donna di Bollate"
"In these fields, in 1918, away from prying eyes Ernest Hemingway withdraw with a young woman of Bollate"

04 - 05 - 06 Fake History [Schifano], 2016, installation view at Parco Nord Milano IT, Carrara Marble plaque and steel, 80 x 230 x 5 cm
"Nel 1963, dopo aver visto i colori di questi campi coltivati Mario Schifano dipinse il suo primo Paesaggio Anemico"
"In 1963, after seeing the colors of these cultivated fields Mario Schifano painted his first Anemic Landscape"

Organic Pictures is a project composed of a series of works on canvas made to have the lowest environmental impact possible. The images are made with an ecological printing technique that makes it possible to permanently transfer onto canvas the pigments of botanical materials like leaves, roots, fruit, vegetables, berries, etc. The fabrics utilized are made with vegetable fibers like cotton and linen, while the stretchers are in spruce from areas of certified reforestation, or in recycled materials.
Every part of these works is assigned the same importance and is treated in the same way, even those not visible to the viewer. As a result, the works are small ecosystems inside which my role as an artist is marginal; I simply arrange the organic material on the canvas. Every other characteristic of the work is determined by the natural substances themselves.

 

Francesco Fossati, 07 (savoy cabbage and radicchio) (from the series Organic Pictures), 2016-2017, ecoprint on organic cotton, stretcher in reused spruce, 90 x 135 cm

Francesco Fossati, 07 (savoy cabbage and radicchio) (from the series Organic Pictures), 2016-2017, ecoprint on organic cotton, stretcher in reused spruce, 90 x 135 cm

07 (savoy cabbage and radicchio), 2016-2017, ecoprint on organic cotton, stretcher in reused spruce, 85 x 135 cm

Francesco Fossati, 01 (Banana tree), 2016-2017, ecoprint on linen, stretcher in reforestation spruce, 95 x 145 cm

Francesco Fossati, 01 (Banana tree), 2016-2017, ecoprint on linen, stretcher in reforestation spruce, 95 x 145 cm

01 (Banana tree), 2016-2017, ecoprint on linen, stretcher in reforestation spruce, 95 x 145 cm

Francesco Fossati, 03 (red cabbage), 2016-2017, ecoprint on linen, stretcher in reused spruce, 90 x145 cm

Francesco Fossati, 03 (red cabbage), 2016-2017, ecoprint on linen, stretcher in reused spruce, 90 x145 cm

03 (red cabbage), 2016-2017, ecoprint on linen, stretcher in reused spruce, 90 x145 cm

Francesco Fossati, 16 (beetroot), 2016-2017, ecoprint on linen, stretcher in reused spruce, 85 x 135 cm

Francesco Fossati, 16 (beetroot), 2016-2017, ecoprint on linen, stretcher in reused spruce, 85 x 135 cm

16 (beetroot), 2016-2017, ecoprint on linen, stretcher in reused spruce, 85 x 135 cm

Francesco Fossati, 05 (red cabbage), 2016-2017, ecoprint on organic cotton, stretcher in reused spruce, 85 x 135 cm

Francesco Fossati, 05 (red cabbage), 2016-2017, ecoprint on organic cotton, stretcher in reused spruce, 85 x 135 cm

05 (red cabbage), 2016-2017, ecoprint on organic cotton, stretcher in reused spruce, 85 x 135 cm

Francesco Fossati, 02 (beetroot), 2016-2017, ecoprint on linen, stretcher in reused spruce, 95 x 145 cm

Francesco Fossati, 02 (beetroot), 2016-2017, ecoprint on linen, stretcher in reused spruce, 95 x 145 cm

02 (beetroot), 2016-2017, ecoprint on linen, stretcher in reused spruce, 95 x 145 cm

Francesco Fossati, 14 (yucca), 2016-2017, ecoprint on organic cotton, stretcher in reused spruce, 80 x 135 cm

Francesco Fossati, 14 (yucca), 2016-2017, ecoprint on organic cotton, stretcher in reused spruce, 80 x 135 cm

14 (yucca), 2016-2017, ecoprint on organic cotton, stretcher in reused spruce, 80 x 135 cm

Francesco Fossati, 15 (hydrangea), 2016-2017, ecoprint on linen, stretcher in reused spruce, 85 x 135 cm

Francesco Fossati, 15 (hydrangea), 2016-2017, ecoprint on linen, stretcher in reused spruce, 85 x 135 cm

15 (hydrangea), 2016-2017, ecoprint on linen, stretcher in reused spruce, 85 x 135 cm

Francesco Fossati, 10 (Banana tree), 2016-2017, ecoprint on organic cotton, stretcher in reused spruce, 85 x 135 cm

Francesco Fossati, 10 (Banana tree), 2016-2017, ecoprint on organic cotton, stretcher in reused spruce, 85 x 135 cm

10 (Banana tree), 2016-2017, ecoprint on organic cotton, stretcher in reused spruce, 85 x 135 cm



Photographs © Nicholas Cazzaniga


01 (from the series braille Paintings), 2014, mixed media on paper, 42 x 45 cm with frame

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