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WHERE THE AMUSEMENT PARK GETS SERIOUS: MATTEO GIUNTINI

Posted on March 5, 2013 by admin

Speckless lines, clear shapes, brush and paper not dwelling but having a symbolic dialogue. Matteo Giuntini’s art is firecracker. Not too easy to define, not too easy to put inside a box. There’s pop-art and symbolic tradition, there’s happiness and melancholy. This Tuscan artist, from the city of Livorno has been reinterpreting reality in very personal way. Small or big canvases get along with carry-boxes and become populated by intriguing figures, heroes, vintage weight lifters, boxers, tigers, wrestlers. A pop-art reminiscence plays with the rhetoric of heroes, with colored silhouettes and shapes becoming both playful, funny, ironic, and melancholic. Matteo’s works can sometimes be dreamy and his characters are the expression of an imaginary and suspended place where there’s no past or future. It’s timeless. Giuntini uses several techniques and media, his paintings appear on canvases as long as unexpected materials, cloths, sunshades, wood boxes. A fluent storyteller  that melts fiction and symbolism, giving a new direction of life interpretation. Life is not just what we see, it’s the code and meaning that goes beyond.

What follows is a brief interview we had with Matteo:

Who is Matteo Giuntini?

An unglorious superhero

At what age did you realize you would become an artist?

Actually I can’t remember, surely when I reached a very high level of foolishness……..I’m joking! It’s still my dream, I didn’t choose it.

What inspires you the most?

There’s no real subject I’m inspired by, I tend to observe reality, an apparently trivial things, like an hug, a bad Hair, a wrestling match, a news, a song’s lyric or an overheard sentence can be a starting point for a new work or project…I can say that I’m inspired by mere life. Continue Reading →

CUT THE RIBBON, YAYOI KUSAMA

Posted on January 28, 2013 by admin

From rural Japan to technological NYC. She can paint, creates collage, makes sculpures, performances, environmental installations, book illustrations. She is the queen of dots, pois, or better she has cut the ribbon as first Japanese female psychedelic performer. Even though forgotten after leaving the early NYC’s pop scene in the 70’s, Yayoi Kusama is now widely acknowledged. Maybe one of Japan’s most important living artist and avant garde voice.Yayoi Kusama started creating art at an early age and became interested in the European and American avant garde.It was 1957 when she moved to the US, settling in NYC where she produced a series of paintings influenced by the abstract expressionist movement. Kusama became a fixture of the New York avant-garde, having her works exhibited with the likes of Andy Warhol and embracing the rise of the early hippie movement of the late 60s.She, for instance, organised a series of Body Festivals in which naked participants were painted with brightly colored polka dots. In 1973, Kusama moved back to her native Japan, where she found the art scene far more conservative than New York. There she became an art dealer and continued to produce artworks in a variety of mediums, as well as launching a literary career by publishing several novels, a poetry collection and an autobiography. I personally admire and adore her Alice in Wonderland’s illustrations. Kusama’s conceptual art shows feminism, minimalism, surrealism and is infused with autobiographical, psychological, and sexual content.Her obsessiveness in repeating dot patterns seem to assert the desire to escape and the viewer of her obsessive vision of endless dots gets inprisoned in a maniac net, where the only thing to do is to be submerged. Nowadays Yayoi Kusama lives and works in Tokyo.