ABOUT THE PARADOX OF EVOLUTION
Artist: Marco Grassi
Land of Origin: Italy
Marco Grassi brought his concerns about the state and direction of the world today, and his artistic leitmotif of transformation together in a scene that shows the state of flux we find ourselves in, as humankind and our potential for evolutionary transformation. His hope is fragile, as are the butterflies.
“We stand at a crossroads” says Marco, “An exhilarating moment in our evolution. Can we transition to a healthier paradigm and ensure our survival? Nuclear risk and ecological and climate crises are yet to awaken us.”
In his IBEX Masterpiece, Marco questions a self-centered and arrogant humanity set apart from the physical world and nature – to engender conversation about changes and choices we face. The three dancers, from left to right: Humanity, Arrogance and Blindness take front stage. A childlike dreaminess creates a vulnerability in the expressions of the models. They embody and express the dynamics of change washing over them, brought about by new technologies.
Butterflies, ancient symbols of transformation, point to dramatic changes occurring in immediate spaces, social fabric and the physical world that we inhabit and exploit. But an effervescent beauty ultimately succeeds not only in revealing an accurate depiction of anatomy, but one that is teeming with vitality and grace. Dancers present with perfect form, and give way to a softness of tempered pallets that soothe injured parts of both mind and flesh.
We are returning to a time when art was seen as an in-depth and palpable experience. Who better to be the docent of our dreams than Marco Grassi?