Interview: Algis Kasparavičius
Luca Curci talks with Algis Kasparavičius during FRAGMENTED IDENTITIES, second appointment of BORDERS Art Fair 2020, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
The works by the artist are based on a philosophical and multi-layered approach to different topics which are usually centered around the inner world of an individual, modern society and ritualistic practices of the modern man. The sculptures of A. Kasparavičius, revealing the spiritual journey of each and of all people at the same time towards their goal, encourage us to think about the similarity of people and the disappearance of personality in the modern world. “The external image of a person is becoming more and more important, even though there is no content in it”, says the artist, inviting at the same time the viewer to set out on a journey through artistic objects that are perceived as reflections of real life due to their symbolic identifiability. Deep poetic feelings based on philosophy and religious studies as well as faultless precision of the works produce an immersive atmosphere for knowing and contemplating the pieces of art.
Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Algis Kasparavičius – I am mainly involved in the creation of sculptures and installations. That craving for voluminous things has been with me since childhood. I am fascinated by the opportunity to touch different materials: stone, steel, bronze, wood or resin and this materiality gives new creative impetus.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
AK – I like to feel how a material resists its transformation until it finally obeys. I hope we foster mutual respect. And the themes of search, confusion and identity dominate in the creation. The hardest part of creating works of art is to go through such a stage of dissatisfaction when the work is not yet physically finished, and you are already thinking about another work.
LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the festival or as a part of preexisting works?
AK – I was captivated by the theme of your exhibition, which coincided exactly with the title of my work and I tried to complete it specifically for the exhibition. Although the work itself is part of a wider cycle that is still being developed.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID Group can represent an opportunity for artists?
AK – I think ITSLIQUID Group can really provide an opportunity for artists. I really love Venice, but for all the obvious reasons I couldn’t come this year, so I’m glad I took part in an exhibition you organized where everything was well organized.