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Abusive Mushroom Free Art Project

Abusive Mushroom is, therefore, my own personal journey designed at providing art spaces and events, free of commercial constraints. Since 2011, I have dedicated time and resources to a special form of exhibition: “la semina dei funghi” (literally, “the planting of mushrooms”).

Manuel Riccardi

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Abusive Mushroom is a project with which I feel a deep-rooted resonance. I introduced it in order to counter the mainstream art trade, which portrays itself as the sole endorsement of talent. Sometimes, market forces dictate the value of a work of art, forcing talent to comply with commercial requirements.
For many years now, art galleries have not been selling paintings, they have been exhibiting artists' works. You only have to contact one to witness this first-hand. Anyone wanting to exhibit their work has to purchase space in a gallery, which will then roll out a bespoke event.

I often get the feeling that the event itself takes precedence over the work exhibited, as if a book’s cover was more important than its contents.
My project is a response to this system. It aims to emphasize that we, the artists, know the true value of art and should focus on art for art’s sake.

Abusive Mushroom is, therefore, my own personal journey designed at providing art spaces and events, free of commercial constraints. Since 2011, I have dedicated time and resources to a special form of exhibition: “la semina dei funghi” (literally, “the planting of mushrooms”).

I create works of art whose subject is a mushroom (a symbol that I have been drawing since my childhood) and I deliver them to urban areas around the world. I began by "dropping" my works in European capital cities and from 2013 went global.
The abandoned artwork comes with a letter designating the reader as the ‘Owner’ of the Mushroom and turning him/her into an ‘Accidental Collector’. I ask them to explain how they found the artwork on the www.abusivemushroom.com website, where I document every piece I drop.

A network of strong relationships has grown around this "artistic movement", as evidenced by the stories published on the website, which provide an ongoing testimony to how society interacts with art.
The Abusive Mushroom project will interact with the world for at least another 10 years, its aim being to create a stir and promote this form of non-violent protest.

The project has “scattered” 80 works of art worldwide and by the end of 2015, I hope to reach 100.
My friends and I from Abusive Mushroom, who are dotted around the world, have decided that the 100th mushroom should be a particularly intense piece of artwork and should be “dropped” in Tokyo.
To realize this ambition, we have developed a system of micro-patronage, using the concept of "compensation" to distribute art.

The destiny of your contributions

To make the 20 remaining mushrooms and to contribute with the expenses of the trip to Tokyo.

About the rewards

Design reward:

Engraving reward:

T-shirt reward:

Original work "Private Collection" of an Abusive Mushroom reward :
web Abusive Mushroom

Schedule

The project will start in February in order to leave the mushroom in Tokyo before
December 31st 2015. The rewards will be delivered when the proposed amount is reached.

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    En scen kan till exempel vara att "släck alla lampor" när man lämnar hemmet, det vill säga att istället för att släcka alla lampor var och en kan man slå ihop detta till ett kommando. Att låta ljussensorer släcka lamporna när det blivit ljust ute är förstås lite smartare. Kombinationen sensorer och ett otal styr och kontrollenheter gör möjligheterna närmast oändliga.

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    almost 4 years

    Byer du deg ned, skjnner du hvorfor. Der ser du nemlig batteripakken under bilen og som stikker noe ned. Det hele ser litt ettermontert og provisorisk ut hvilket det jo også er.

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5€
3 backers

10 digital PHOTOS from the abandonment in Tokyo with personal thanks.

20€
1 backer

Project DIARY written in Italian with photos, thoughts and determinations from the artist, from 2011 to the present day, with the Tokyo goal.e-book format or PDF.
+ 10 digital photos from the abandonment in Tokyo with personal thanks.

30€
14 backers

Abusive Mushroom T-SHIRT in male or female version.
+ Personal diary written in
Italian in e-book or PDF format.
+ 10 digital photos from the abandonment in Tokyo with personal thanks.

POSTAL SHIPPING INCLUDED

40€
6 backers

Single DRAWING (not series) signed on paper 230x330.
+ Personal diary written in Italian in e-book format.
+ 10 digital photos from the abandonment in Tokyo with personal thanks.

POSTAL SHIPPING INCLUDED

40€
0 backers

Visit to the artist´s studio in Sitges (Barcelona) and other workshops in the area for one or more people.
+ personal diary written in Italian in e-book or PDF format.
+ 10 digital photos from the abandonment in Tokyo with personal thanks.

60€
52 left (of 60)

ENGRAVING: print (etching). Edition of 60 copies, numbered and signed. The engraving reproduces a mushroom with a knot (the only one with this feature).
+ Personal diary written in Italian, PDF format or e-book.
+ 10 digital photos from the abandonment in Tokyo with personal thanks.

POSTAL SHIPPING INCLUDED

200€
0 backers

BOOK Premium 40x30 printed on photographic paper, with a minimum of 70 photographs from the experience in Tokyo. A3 page format.
+ Project diary written in Italian with photos, thoughts and determinations from the artist, from 2011 to the present day, with the Tokyo goal. eBook format or PDF.

POSTAL SHIPPING INCLUDED

500€
2 left (of 4)

Original work "Private Collection" of an Abusive Mushroom, mixed media on canvas 25x30 cm.
+ Abusive Mushroom T-shirt.
+ Personal diary written in Italian in e-book or PDF.
+ Visit to the artist’s studio in Sitges (Barcelona) and other workshhops in the area for one or more people.
+ 10 digital photos from the abandonment in Tokyo with personal thanks.

POSTAL SHIPPING INCLUDED

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