Interview: Alan Lacke Cairo
Luca Curci talks with Alan Lacke Cairo during ANIMA MUNDI 2022 – RITUALS, at Palazzo Bembo – Venice Grand Canal.
My art is based mainly on scientific information, mathematical laws, cosmic energies and history. I use the simplest elements to represent my ideas, so the most basic forms and above all color are essential in my works. A previous study of the line and gesture is paramount as ways to find that harmony that represents the order in the universe and color as an instrument to convey sensations to those who contemplate my paintings. There is always a search for the essential in my work, of the spirit of things, of what is beyond the surface, of the visible. I try to bring the viewer to a silent contemplation that conveys to him an almost mystical sense of seeing the world.
Luca Curci – What are you working on?
Alan Lacke Cairo – Hello, first of all, I’d like to introduce myself, I’m Alan Lacke Cairo Cuban visual artist living in Madrid (Spain). At the moment I’m working on several projects, some of them are the continuity of themes in which I’ve been immersed for some time. An example of this is my series “El Punto como protagonista” which I am still working on and developing today. I also work on projects related to new and more digital technologies, seeking to enrich and nurture my work with new technologies and trends that are undeniable, such as augmented reality.
LC – How did you come to your current artistic practice?
ALC – The result of my work dynamics and processes, are part of what has been my professional experience within the Graphic Arts. From being directly involved in the production in a graphic workshop to working on graphics focused on advertising and montage. But the most important and complementary in all this are my intellectual and scientific concerns, these are the main cause of my creation.
LC – What is the most challenging part of creating your works of art?
ALC – The biggest challenge I have on a daily basis is also one of the main causes that drive me to create. This challenge is to find a balance and the most appropriate way to convey my feelings and my message to the viewer. What exists behind my designs and my works of art, through simple shapes, colours and space.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
ALC – I find inspiration in my daily life, in everything that surrounds me and feeds my life experience. I rely a lot on the infinite range of possibilities and media that we have at our fingertips today. From social networks, information and the amount of valuable digital content, such as a visit to a library, museum or simply a beautiful place or good company.
LC – How do you choose your subjects?
ALC – Starting from the fact that my art is based on scientific information, physical and mathematical laws, algebra, history and above all colour, a fundamental concept in my artistic work. Together these aspects shape and complement the basis of my art.
LC – Is it a reasoned or instinctive process?
ALC – There is always an incessant search in me. This leads me to develop a constant investigation of line, gesture, form, colour and space. Always based on these values, I make various studies and sketches inspired by the micro and macro world. But this does not mean that I leave aside the realization of my works starting from a spontaneous and free gesture for the composition and realization of my Art.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of Art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
ALC – Yes, of course! My presence with ITSLIQUID Group in several events is the confirmation to this question. It is an ambitious and intelligent project, of good vision, understanding and good taste for Art. This exhibition is once again the proof and reaffirmation of these words I am sharing. They manage to bring together talent, discipline and good Art, in this case, Expo Rituals within the framework of the prestigious Venice Biennale this year 2022. The Palazzo Bembo, a place that has been the venue and witness of prestigious exhibitions and artistic presentations over the years. So this and other details make the Itsliquid Group project part of the History of Art and of the city of Venice.
LC – Do you think Itsliquid Group can represent an opportunity for artists?
ALC – Of course, they do it all the time. They manage to connect diverse artists with interested people and experts in Art. This is fundamental for the expansion and development of Art itself. They make it possible with their dedication and daily work, that not only the Art inhabits the studios and venues of the artists, but also that it reaches further afield to public places with easy access, safety, security and comfort. They find in Art a point of communication, development and social welfare.