May 2016_ by Michela Arfiero
It moves smoothly from one side of the art practice to the other embracing disparate media: object-making, painting, drawing, writing, digital-printing and so on. His focus is not really a focus, but a Hazy universe in which language leaps from one form to another with stratospheric ambiguity. With one foot in The Land of Slang and the other in The Haven of Form, Calligaro’s works kick and amplify each other through visual zigzags and echoes.
How would you present your work?
Hazy, very expAnsive and contradictory
How did it begin?
Modelling a plasticine fridge
Where do you make your works?
On a 120x74 wooden table in my kitchen
What can’t be missing from your worktable?
Collection you wish at least one work of yours was part of?
The Albert Barnes Collection before the takeover
The market or your need to express?
My need to express the market within the market outside the market sur le market 'xpress, 'xpress!
Lightness or depth?
Whatever brings things together
Day or night?
Question you’ve never been asked but one you’ve always wanted to answer?
Well well well hmm hum? -
Answer that question…
Humm it is that yes that so is it that this what it it so what what hum this
Could you briefly describe one of your latest works?
It’s a poem-like painting, it does like this: "THEdrink THEstep THEnet THEcrap" then repeats itself
What is the relationship between words and surface in your work?
It's like fingernails scratching on a wall, a verbal issue, but they get along somehow
What artists are you looking at, at the moment?
Since he just arrived for dinner: Radu Comsa
What's on your desk right now
a cup of coffee, my phone, a sketchbook and 2 drawings, one brush, Turquoise acrylic color in a plastic cup and the laptop I'm writing from
The image of your desktop
What are you reading?
Your questions and my answers / my answers to your questions
Jacques Tati's "Mon Oncle"
How much does your living in Cluj-Napoca (Romania) influence your work?
It doesn't and if it does it feels like it doesn't. Cluj can be really boring, it's not an art-hub or an exciting art place, things happen yes thanks to few illuminated ones, but sometimes it's like you’re in the middle of nowhere and no one is paying attention. You need to do something to strike out of boredom.
If you weren’t an artist, what job would you like?
"en plain air" painter
An amazing juicy pop corn on the equatorial knot