Interview: Alberto Covi
Luca Curci talks with Alberto Covi during THE EXTENDED BODY 2020 at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space.
Alberto Covi was born in Vicenza the 3th June 1984. He’s a visual art designer that lived in Vicenza, London, Venice and now in Amsterdam. During his teenage years he attended an art school in Vicenza, then he changed for an high school of graphic design where he get passion of graffiti art. He also won a contest of graphic illustration set up by the Italian Heraldic Council. After the certification he moved to London were he developed interests for stencil art, t-shirts illustration and printing techniques. After two years he moved back to Italy, in Venice, where he obtained his bachelor degree in visual art at IUAV university. During his studies he made street art and graffiti, both in a live music venue and some
abandoned factories with his class mates. At that time he started thinking about how the industrial pollution can be harmful for the surrounding planet and people. Venetian carnival masks inspired him for the production of many sculptures, assembled with industrial and technological parts. That work were also inspired from the prophecies of 2012 and the urgency of environmental activism. He participated of two group exhibitions at atelier Banchina Molini, with some artists of Marghera, an industrial city near by Venice. One year after, in another group exhibition, he’ll presented some computer modified pictures, masks and illustrated t-shirts made from his screen printing project Mixtink. From 2014 to 2017 his full time occupancy was t-shirt illustration, printing and big format abstract paintings. He’s now living in Netherlands about three years, were since 2018 he was drawn to photography. He created 200 artworks, visible on his Flickr account. They’re based on digital square format photography and an elaborate photo editing, original symbolic designs that links the human soul to the nature and the environmental needs. In 2019 he made a collaboration with experimental electronic music collective from Milan EK4T3, one of his artwork it’s now an album cover art. He loves the freedom of living in nature to relax and celebrate the real life, far from the society, and like many of us he’s worry about the contemporary climate changes, the decadence of the nature and consequently of the human bodies, however he believes on the awakening of consciousness. During the creating process, the quality of the photo it’s intentionally degraded, until the distortion creates an unnatural fluidity. This procedure stops only when communicates a strong message. This year 2020, he printed a selection of collectable original artworks on professional photographic paper. Artists that influenced his work are Vincent Van Gogh, Edvard Munch, Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Alberto Burri, H.R. Giger, Alex Grey, Andy Gilmore. Photographer that inspired him are Daisuke Yokota, Yurian Quintanas, Yatromanolakis Yorgos, Paul Cupido, Mandy Barker, Hengki Koentjoro, Amanda Elledge, Noah Weiner, Eric Guo, Jürgen Heckel, Andrei Grigorev, Grant Simon Rogers, Hélène Desplechin.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Alberto Covi – It’s the purest form of comunication of human beigns, the best time possible that we spend on this planet is related to the production and fruition of art, I’m interested specifically on photo editing process as a form of art. The process of selection itself it’s a form of art and helps to discover the beauty and meaningful of everything, to me it’s a contemplative and regenerative rite.
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
AC – Graphic design school introduced me to graffiti and street art, a bachelor degree in visual art, t-shirts illustration and screen printing. The experience that influenced me mostly it began with street art and graffiti in abandoned factories and the production of sculptures, assembled with industrial parts and painted with varnish. Prophecies of 2012 and catastrophes related to the industrial pollution built my style and brought me to the urgency of environmental protection of the planet through small actions and the artistic creation.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
AC – From art galleries and museums, art books, photobooks, social media like Flickr and my past artworks that are connected to my present work.
LC – What is your creative process like?
AC – My artworks are based on digital square format photography made with a reflex camera, the Pentax K-50 and photo editing software to create original designs. Film grain and 3D elevation filters are always apply to my pictures, sometime abstract paintings and drawings i made, but mostly to my photo.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
AC – Pure nature, textures, symbols and the human figure without identity. Dark imagery, inner messages and emotions, curiosity and celebration of life, the contemporary climate changes issues are my themes. The aim is the creation of a dialogue that inspire and awake our consciousness.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of the entire festival?
AC – The ambients and the human bodies I’ve created are tragically connected like a unique system of elements. Every modification we make to our planet is a modification of ourself, it’s our responsibility to take care of it and avoid to repeat the same mistakes.
LC – What are you currently working on?
AC – I’m working on two projects for the FOAM open call 2020.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
AC – I think ITSLIQUID GROUP it’s a fantastic opportunity to create connection among various international personalities of the art, architecture and design world.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
AC – I think it’s working good!
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
AC – Sure.