“It would certainly be wrong to relate the birth of a work of art only to the physical nature of the material that has been used for it, but there is no doubting the fact that quite often the material is the starting point for the realization of a certain artistic activity. In visual arts, when we speak of “Material”, we mean the pigment used in painting or, in the case of sculpture, the supporting construction material (bronze, clay, marble).
The fact that “plastics” – from the older celluloid to the more recent and sophisticated synthetic resins: cellulose compounds, methacrylates, polyesters, polyurethanes, etc. – have played an important role in establishing a series of works of art is, today, well known and any future art historian should take this into account . . .”
Taken from the forward by Gillo Dorfles in the "Plastica: il Polimero Arte" catalogue published in 1984.