here I am, after a short break, with something new and juicy! Have you ever heard about Surpop art? I haven't until I crashed into it! You know, casualty!
I was promoting David Merenyis paintings when I saw this curious group on face book called "Surpop's Friends" . I took a look at it:" seems like art, I'll do it!" . So I posted a comment with attached the blog's link . The day after, or the same day, Mr Andrea Marchese answered me that, although he appreciate my effort in promoting a friend's work, I mixed salt with coffee! That was art but a different one. Surpop doesn't know all those artistic canons imposed by the art academies, doesn't know rules, it's free of expression , it's giving the pencil, the freedom of drawing whatever it feels. Shapes , lines, borders, colors, everything looks so perfectly casual that you are forced to think that there's an "order" behind that apparent casualty. I guess there is, but it's relative. What might be best represented in blue for me, can be red for you and vice versa.
That's my personal thoughts, and I'm not an expert about art, neither about Surpop .
That's why, that same day, I asked Andrea Marchese, whether he would like to answer some questions, interview style!
He kindly gave me a positive answer so, here's the interview!
1) About yourself : what’s your background (artistically speaking)?
It all borns from my observation’s spirit, I've been curious about “images” since when I was child, it could have being a Dalì painting or something written on a wall, whatever! What has always been important for me was to catch pictures and so I inevitably entered in the video and cinema world by being the ones who works behind the cameras.
From there, it started the idea to create moving pictures and almost accidentally, my way definitely turned;
I realized that the mean that mostly matched my creativity was drawing, although it was raw or complicated at the same time.
That was the embryonic phase of my art: making jokes about the history of art that I was studying and do something against boredom.
2) How would you define Surpop in your own world?
First of all it needs courage, you must let pictures, shapes, lines that look familiar to you get out of your head, without caring too much about their beauty. Then the game starts; here there are no rules..it’s like playing lego with organic material and ideas that surround your existence, your way of feeling and looking at things.
Unconscious gets blended with external world and you must remember not to "put the cap on the mixer", just let everything splash around on the canvas surface. In this way the creativity process ends to be perceived by the viewer as movement in the space.
3) What made you decide that Surpop is the type of paint that most fits your needs?
I don't live surpop like a proper genre with his dogmas and guidelines, for me it is the easiest way to define what I make. It’ wasn’t about choosing a style from several that better matched my own one, rather it was about choosing one of two ways that I use to create (I make stencil too). It gets more interesting to think about the reverse process and try to understand why do those kind of pictures “get out” of me; pictures that, to resume, got their roots in comics, cartoons, psychedelic illustrations and in part of surrealism and pop-art.
4) Most of the previous art movements attempted to portray and have been influenced by society and its troubles. How, and to what extent to what extent do you think society affects Surpop art?
Society plays an important role in my art, first from the style.
I notice that the generation I belong to trends frequently, like I do, to depict its feelings through what aesthetically looks like cartoons; it simplifys reality using defined outlines and putting inside flashing colors.
This represents an important generational thermometer, which shows their way to look at the world as something stylized and how people are linked to their childhood.
Then there’s my sensibility toward social threads, which includes a critic of a system of power that is incredibly extended and invasive, from the imbalance of social classes to the extent of how society affects the individual's perception and impresses its messages in his/her mind.
This last point is what interest me most, the psychological mechanisms of the contemporary man: his worrying, his way of communicate, his social dynamics etc..
5) What is the message that you would like to spread with your paintings?
I’m not really shure about what the vision of my artworks could bring to people, I must admit that I have a really transparent attitude, filterless..I let much responsibility to others;
I'm there, in front of you, with my pictures in a open hearted delirious, then it’s up to your sensibility, to your will of listen to me or to your intelligence to catch what’s on going on in the paintings and why.
As I said before, I like to make people think about their nature, about how the world changed us and make us grew up; all it's make to laugh about it or simply to feel pleasure in loosing yourself in fantasy worlds.
Often people who stares at my artworks see something completely different compared to what I ment to depict and this amuse me a lot, it’s part of the unexpected game that I create.
6) Do you think, in this era of technologies, that paintings is still important and an effective mean to communicate?
I don’t know, I really don’t know. I think that there's always something more expressive and evocative in something that directly cross your mind and goes to your hand and consequently to a surface through a movement of your hand, there’s something less artificial..but otherwise you can say that is the same for what concern a work made by mouse or graphic tablet, except that with computer graphic you acquire an infinite range of tools and functions.
About that, I prefer limit myself, like a punk musician, who plays 4 simple chords instead of got the possibility to play with an orchestra.
Concluding with the new media topic, I can say that, to really look and observe in every details a paintings on canvas you're forced to be phisically in front of them rather than in front of a screen. And that’s a good thing!
But that's not all Folks!
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