November 2016_by Federica Tattoli
I conceive the “language of art” as a preferential medium to penetrate the most personal and intimate dimension of Life.
My practice mostly focuses on images conceived as something alive: with- in this sort of metaphorical animism, they have their life perpetually put at risk by the same media that convey those images.
My interest is to inquire into the future of images in a society where they have never been so powerful but meanwhile also so precarious.
With my practice I try to show how an image suffers being forced to live inside a medium and how the same image tries to commit a sort of suicide, since it feels that the medium is killing itself. Images prefer their denial, rather than being conveyed in a wrong way.
The consequence of this denial is the research and then the realisation of a new image, the real one, the Image that is impeded us to see.
How would you present your work?
A desperate effort of taking care of images.
Your artist’ statement starts in this way: “I conceive the “language of art” as a preferential medium to penetrate the most personal and intimate dimension of Life”. Could you comment this quote?
Images already produced and developed by media are alive! Artists can watch in the deepest side of them. Artists have made a Hippocratic oath for images’ health…
Where do you make your works?
Wherever the work can be conceived, be born and then grow up.
A short comment on this works: Portrait of an Image: Don’t shoot me, please!; Lady Die; Material God.
Images are suffering and dying inside all the media and socials, which are conveying them in a wrong way.
What can’t be missing from your worktable?
An internet connection.
A collection you wish at least one work of yours was part of?
The Studiolo of Alfonso I d’Este, if it was still existing!
A museum where you’d like to have an exhibition?
Schinkel Pavillon Berlin.
The market or your need to express?
Which artist would deny his need to express?!
Lightness or depth?
Day or night?
I’m a vampire.
A question you’ve never been asked but one you’ve always wanted to answer? Answer that question…
Would you be able to kill an image? …I don’t want to answer, sorry!
Could you briefly describe one of your latest works?
Art and pornography, two expressions of desire and human being’s self-representation.
When we met last time, we talked about one of your latest project in which art is mixed with eros and porn… could you tell me more about this projects?
The most representative invention of our era is the Internet; last summer, for the first time, YouPorn has congratulated another subject for becoming the top search of the internet.
What are you reading?
In this period just online newspaper
I need to take two:
Touch of Evil by Orson Welles
Mulholland Drive bt David Linch
Where would you like to live?
By the sea.
Do you have reference artists? Artists you’d like to work with?
Andy Warhol, Marcel Broothaerts, Cindy Sherman, Brice Dellsperger, Ryan Tricartin, Cory Arcangel.
A project, related to art, that you’d like to do?
If you weren’t an artist, what job would you like?
I think I would have continued to work in theater, as I was doing before.
Let’s imagine a group show. Who would you like to exhibit with?
I feel good with my generation’s artists.
Yes or no to curators? If yes, who would you choose?
Yes. A good listener.
A dream of yours?
Being back to Venice Beach in the late 60s.
All clothes artist’s own
Pajamas and kimonos Sans Tabù
Stylist, Alex Vaccani
Stylist’s assistant, Nicholas Bartolamasi
NON PERDETE LA TESTA, (DON’T LOSE YOUR MIND), Green ink on papers and digital print, 35 x 137 cm, 2014
IS THE INTELLECTUAL EXCITEMENT AN EMOTION?, Grass pigment on canvas, 90 x 150 cm, 2015
UNTITLED, Artist’s book, 20 x 25 x 9 cm, 2013