Marco Cadioli: Necessary Lines

Abstract Journeys is an ongoing project grown in 2014 with new series of artworks created by shooting Earth surface with Google Earth satellite tool.
“Necessary Lines” is a B&W series that explores man traces on the earth surface during agricultural works.
The lines are drawn by machines used in automated agriculture controlled by software and GPS. There is no artistic intention in that lines, but seen from above in a perfect azimuthal view (allowed by new media), they look as paintings, as the lines traced by Frank Stella in the Stripe Painting series.
They are “necessary lines” according to the definition coined by Carl Andre in a text from 1959:
“Art excludes the unnecessary. Frank Stella has found it necessary to paint stripes. There is nothing else in his painting. (…) His stripes are the paths of brush on canvas. These paths lead only into painting.”
They are the same lines photographed in the plowed fields by Mario Giacomelli, who said: “I am interested in signs traced by man without knowing about them”.

AUTHOR: Marco Cadioli