Land Art 1974 – 1978 – Venezuela

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Born in London, the European Land Art movement had extremely different concerns to those in Latin America. The Land Art in the old continent pursues to take the viewer to an isolated spot where nature dwells in itself, away from the hustle and influence of large cities. Latin American artists—and Milton Becerra has been consistent throughout his dilated career in this regard— intend Land Art to reach for our roots and become part of the soil that sustains us. Milton Becerra, concerned about the ecology, conducted at this stage works such as "A Blanket for the Meadow" in Caracas' residential area, Lomas de Prados del Este; and "Analysis of a Process in Time", in the El Valle parish, where he denounces the effects of pollution and deterioration of the landscape. Towards the 80s Milton Becerra relocated to Paris and developed a new perspective of his art, based on his research and perception of the Amazonian Yanomamo tribe's customs. That is when his usual patterns and fabrics, impregnated with modernity, gave a twist that led to the development of his distinguishable Site-specific art, recognized anywhere in the world, from this artist born in Venezuela's Táchira state. The mixture of fibers and fabrics with other organic elements like rocks, led him to develop series as "Chin-cho-rro" (1995), "Gotas" (Drops 1990) and "Nidos" (Nests 1995). In each of these works the artist appeals to the concept, and then he interprets it and nourishes it with abstractionist and geometric forms, where the light waggling of inert bodies defy the laws of gravity and create a formidable artistic piece. Chin-cho-rro's and Esfera pre-colombina Site-specific art the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design in San José, Costa Rica (1995)—under the invitation of Ms. Virginia Pérez-Ratton (1950–2010) not only showed to the public Milton Becerra's interpretation of traditional hammocks used by indigenous groups, but also rested on them stones, as rigid bodies of those men and women who died of the Xawara endemic plague and had, as funeral beds, these pendulous webs.

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