FOR THE ISSUE, DEDICATED TO BEAUTY, REDMILK HAS INTERVIEWED DAVIDE TRABUCCO, ARCHITECTURE STUDENT AND THE CREATIVE MIND BEHIND THE MASH UP CONFÓRMI SERIES. HE HAS REALISED 12 OF HIS MASH UPS FOR REDMILK WITH THE COVER STORIES THAT HAVE MARKED OUR 2016. HERE, WE SHARE WITH YOU HIS STORY, HIS INTERESTS, NEW PROJECTS AND HIS POINT OF VIEW ON “BEAUTY”.
Tell us something about yourself, your work and your artistic background.
My study background is architecture and it is clearly a determining factor in the direction that my work often takes, given that it is centred on certain issues, like form and space, typical of architectural work.
At the moment I am a scholarship holder and have my studio at the Fondazione Collegio Artistico Venturoli, (Venturoli Art College) a private college that supports the young artists of Bologna.
During my years of residence I have established contacts with other scholarship holders, initiating, with them, a common work path and transforming the sharing of this location into focused objectives.
What encouraged you to initiate the series Mash Up Confórmi? (“Compliance [form belongs to no-one”].
Confórmi began with the need to put my patrimony of visual references in order, as it had all begun to fill the files on my computer.
So, I decided to adopt some personal rules in order to realise this archive; the square, which facilitates an easy division and visualisation of the images on any social network and device, and the diagonal, as the element of union between the two images.
The series was on show until September at the da Mihi Gallery of Contemporary Art in Bern. What did it mean to you to exhibit to the public and to share your project?
Right from the start Confórmi, by its very nature, has always been a “public” project: it began on the web, for the web. The objective, from the start, was to create a personal archive, but open to all.
The web and, in particular, the social forums, have enabled me to contact professionals, architects and artists who were already trying out this free sharing of work and ideas and it seemed natural to me to want to join in the debate.
The decision to use Tumblr as a platform is linked to its intrinsic nature: Tumblr is both a social network, thus offering the possibility to interact with other users, and also a site accessible to everyone, without the need to be signed up (as happens with Facebook and Instagram).
The exhibition in Bern represented a subsequent step, because the project had moved from the virtual to become “printed” and needed to find a new, formal representation.
This month RedMilk is devoted to the analysis and the varied interpretations of “beauty”. What does the concept of “beautiful” mean for you?
“Beauty” is one of the components of art. There is no art without beauty. But, unlike fashion, in art the concept of beauty does not implicate the concept of perfection: art must contain, within itself, a soul of imperfection, of error. The style of every artist is the exaltation of this imperfection.
For me, beauty is not a point of departure, but, like everything else, is a point of arrival, an objective which the whole of your work must tend towards. Every work of art is a run-up, a path towards a new horizon.
How would you define your aesthetic?
My work, and consequently, aesthetic, is largely influenced by the obsession with form and with the narration of space. This is obviously linked to my background study of architecture.
What image (a painting, a photo, a film frame, etc…) has made the greatest impact on you and on your work?
Amongst the spaces that have always fascinated me are ruins: their state forces you to reconstruct their form, to work backwards in order to understand the function of elements that are long gone.
If I had to choose a particular ruin I would choose Villa Muggia, in Imola, by Piero Bottoni: a building near my home, that is a ruin of a ruin.
A seventeenth century hunting lodge, it was restored at the beginning of the 1900s with Bottoni’s plans, then partially destroyed during the Second World War, and now it is once again a ruin.
If you could have an imaginary conversation with three artists, icons or famous people, living or dead, who would you want to talk to and what about?
Rem Koolhaas, whose multi-faceted approach and powerful architectural thinking have completely shaped contemporary architecture; James Turrell, whose vision and capacity to build profoundly emotive ambients, I have always envied; Giuseppe Penone, whose innovations and capacity to be lyrical and minimalist at the same time, I have always loved.
Tell us a bit more about your interests:
Is there an upcoming new project that excites you at the moment?
At the moment, together with the other scholarship holders from the Fondazione Collegio Artistico Venturoli, I am preparing an event for the Bologna Arte Fiera 2017.
With the help of the curator, Antonio Grulli, we are preparing a joint work centred on consideration of the expanded temporal condition, that is, on the possibility of spending a lot of time in the working space of the college.
The possibility of a prolonged stay, which represents something unique compared to the other set projects, has led us to reflect on the notion of “extended time”, in other words, on the possibility that one has to develop ones research in a time frame, with continuity and reiteration, rather than in the urgency of a fleeting moment.
Expanded and prolonged time is a particular condition of contemporary art: whereas the works of art are almost always realised to match a brief time frame.
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