Interview: Ban:ban

Interview: Ban:ban

Interviews | January 24, 2024 |

banban interview 001
Image courtesy of Ban:ban

Interview: Ban:ban
Luca Curci talks with Ban:Ban during FUTURE LANDSCAPES, second appointment of SENSES ART FAIR 2023, at ITSLIQUID Monti – Rome Art Space.

“Ban:ban” is the artist’s nickname. It has two different meanings in the Korean language. First, it means that something or someone is beautiful and luminous. The other meaning is half and half. The half-art sculpture half-lighting that “ban:ban” creates is both beautiful and useful.

Stones and wood slowly grow, maintaining the energy of the earth, and flaunting the beauty of Mother Nature. Light and dark is one of the Ying and Yang element that makes us understand the circle of life. “ban:ban” tries to mimic and reprocess nature and life, to create its metaverse through a new perspective. Mineral clay is an important medium that creates the base of the sculpture. Adding recycled oyster shell fragments into the clay increases the hardness of the clay and gives unexpected texture to the body. Natural crystal stones, collected from all around the world, and preserved plants decorate the work with the energy of the earth. The colour-changing light, beaming through the crystals creates a meditative and surreal atmosphere that makes the viewer pause from reality and daze and meditate in a whole new way.

banban interview 010
Image courtesy of Ban:ban

Luca Curci – What are you currently working on?
BanBan
– I am creating irregularly shaped sculptural lighting that could be displayed on a table or bookshelf. On my recent trip to Rome, I carefully observed classic sculptures and how they were displayed. After the visit, I am thinking about creating plinths to display my sculpture.

LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
BB –
I studied fashion design in an art school and have been a fashion designer for a while. During the pandemic, everything seems to be transferring into the digital world and the metaverse so I tried to catch up with the megatrend. The more I chased the trend, I began to appreciate the value of hand-built art, that you can actually touch. Since the beginning of this year, I thought it was about time to create something original of my own.

banban interview 006
Image courtesy of Ban:ban

LC – How is your creative process?
BB –
I improvise when I create. I start by mixing recycled oyster shell fragments with mineral clay. Hand build the body shape using the mixed clay. Then choose which crystal stones and preserved flowers to decorate the work. I let it dry and fix spots inside and out. Sometimes I paint over, sometimes not. Apply several layers of varnish then dry again. I build light bulb holders and place the sculpture over the light.

LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
BB –
I create my dream planet. Metaverse, but in real-verse, where you can really touch. I mimic Mother Nature by trying to capture stones and plants growing out of the earth, in more surreal way. I am a color enthusiast and not afraid of using vibrant colors.

banban interview 005
Image courtesy of Ban:ban

LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
BB –
I finally feel like I am being “me”. I do what I love to do and have never been this stressless. Also it is wonderful to go to my studio to work, with my dog every day.

LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
BB –
Yes. The future landscapes were the perfect theme for my work since I believe it is important for artists to imagine the future and even to lead the future.

LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
BB
– Since my pieces were my imaginative landscapes integrated with colour-changing smart lights create a surreal atmosphere.

banban interview 009
Image courtesy of Ban:ban

LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
BB –
I think it would be experimental to hold an exhibition in a cave-like environment or dark exhibition space. The service of presenting online and at the exhibition opening was very good. Also meeting other artists was a delightful experience.

LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
BB –
It was a great way to meet other current artists in person and to look and hear about their vision.

banban interview 002
Image courtesy of Ban:ban

Are you an artist, architect, designer? Would you like to be featured on ITSLIQUID platform? Send an e-mail to info@itsliquid.com or fill the form below






    RELATED POSTS


    INTERVIEW: JIM MCKEOWN

    Interviews | May 1, 2024

    I have a background of 30 years in the film industry, I have worked on films including James Bond, Jurassic World, Star Wars, and Harry Potter in all, about 50 films. Some of my work can be seen at www.curlytopjim.com I’ve spent all these years bringing other peoples' ideas to life and always been working on my own art. Read more


    INTERVIEW: KAMILA OLESINSKA

    Interviews | April 23, 2024

    Kamila Olesińska started learning dance in the oldest flamenco school in Poland - Studio Flamenco in Warsaw. She has been sharing her passion as a dance instructor for over eighteen years. She has taken part in numerous workshops at home and in Spain, dedicated to flamenco dance but she also has trained butoh and Dance Movement Therapy. Read more


    INTERVIEW: NIKOS ZAFEIROPOULOS

    Interviews | April 22, 2024

    He lives and works in Athens, Greece. At the beginning of 2023, he presented his first solo exhibition entitled LOOK BACK, under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Culture, hosted at the Panteion University of Athens. Its interdisciplinary project aimed to visually examine the abandonment of places and villages in modern, economically weakened Greece. Read more


    INTERVIEW: NIKOLETTA MOLNAR

    Interviews | April 18, 2024

    After my art studies, I started to work as a UX Designer and a Game Artist. Whilst I love both of my professions, I found myself recently longing to express myself in a different way. I started to paint again, but this time not digitally, but with brushes and paintings. Read more


    Sign up for our Newsletter.

    Enter your email to receive our latest updates!