Interview: CAR ACT AIR
Luca Curci talks with CAR ACT AIR during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2022, at ITSLIQUID ART SPACE – Venice Grand Canal.
CAR ACT AIR is a collective of young, passionate artists joining forces to suggest a raw art, authentic, far from the codes and classic carcans of the sometimes already too furrowed ways of post-modern art. What united them is a commitment, around anti-superficial values, in a world where a predictable aesthetic has taken precedence over pure creation, and where the individual is often too valued, to the detriment of the community. Giving back true sense to an art condemned to be only a foil implies charging it with universal values, and ensuring that any artistic production is the fruit of spontaneously pooling a multifaceted set of skills, from painting to photography, including design, graffiti, and leather craftsmanship. CAR ACT AIR is an artistic collective, from Paris, that shares values through visual messages, in a freeway, by using all the mediums accessible, breaking superficial with anonymity, concentrating its commitments on values of mutual aid, authenticity, and creative freedom.
Luca Curci – What are you currently working on?
CAR ACT AIR – We are currently working on the Rebirth concept, either related to a need for recognition or transformation. It’s a new form of conscience, deeply moving us, towards new identities. As far as we are a collective, our members can come & go. Therefore, our ways of observing are constantly evolving. Vision and fears… Through an ever-changing attitude regarding identities, we build our own path, filling our existence with profound meaning, for our artworks, and the introspection they require.
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
CAA – We ought not to remain stuck on considerations such as how “trained” our artists are, or where their work is leading them. There is no end, per se, nor conditions to the art we want to create. Pulsion, attempt to go beyond frustrations & fears with unrestricted and uneducated creation. Everything is now so evident for us, that our art ideas become directly linked to our loneliness, suffering, rejection, humiliation. It goes beyond influence, it is a direct and necessary expression.
LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it your medium of expression?
CAA – Pure creativity, as one of our goals, is a risk, per se, potentially making our products fall into superficiality, which is precisely the bias we try to avoid. So as we’ve united ourselves around a common set of values, we try to make sure we just don’t create empty shells. As well, we strive to re-question our environment and break free from entrenched realities. We are humble observers and experimenters of that ever-changing world that surrounds us. Impermanence becomes comfort, and liberty, to make sure any dimension or talent we are able to cover, transforms into creation filled with new horizons. In the end, we see post-modern art as a way to re-create a new form of reality, not an imitation nor a criticism of artworks that have preceded our productions. Art creates new forms through new usages, mediums, techniques. We humbly want to encourage new possibilities of contemplation, new dimensions, a distinct perception of time & space. We just create to be able to see our world in a previously unseen reflection of this mix of beauty and horror, order and waste, empty freedom and real obedience, that sticks our condition together. What if artists were the medium serving art? Art guides our thoughts, our hands, and builds our artist condition.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
CAA – Acceptance, self-revelation, authenticity… But as we said before, existential malaise confronted with a quest for meaning, thus incompatible with a materialistic conception of art. We love anything that’s irrational, are obsessed with death, and faces.
LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
CAA – It all circles back to the way we vibrate at that precise moment of ending something. Yet, the feeling is impermanent, and we might never look at an artwork in a unique and very same fashion. If there were just one common point to our creative process, whatever the artwork, is that form of anger, mixed with sadness, leading eventually to some profound relief. Relief of being released from something holding us there for too long, relief of breathing again, at last.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this event? How is it connected to the theme of the entire exhibition?
CAA – Masked, as usual, to remain anonymous and put the focus on the message, not the appearance. For this specific art set, we wanted to represent unhuman faces. Masks will help create a new language of the body and reveal new parts of an individual. The revelation of brutal monstrosity. Because of the mask, the character has to reveal his inner feelings, and not hide behind the surface of his facial expression. As if his soul was contemplating its own reflection in the mirror. Rebirth, again, and the ultimate expression of his/her inner self. And body language as a raw expression of the subject, which ends serving art, and his own expression.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
CAA – New faces will account for new identities. Here, our goal is to emancipate from the physical limits of the human body and push our subject to reveal through excrescences. Our character will mutate, as a beast, and reveal identities he had never revealed because of the limits of perception on his/her apparent self. Our society has way too many physical codes, supposedly pleasing societal aesthetics. We try to reveal an inner truth and emancipate ourselves, by the creation of unlimited body perspectives.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
CAA – Of course! As soon as our key values are honored, we are always happy to celebrate our human condition, by bonding with peers and collaborating in harmony.
Being exhibited in such venues is a real opportunity for artists looking to transmit their messages to an unlimited audience.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
CAA – Certainly, no doubt about this.