Interview: Carlo Ulpiani
Luca Curci talks with Carlo Ulpiani during Venice International Art Fair at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space in Venice.
Carlo Ulpiani was born in Rome in 1971, where he currently lives and works. In 1995 he approached painting as self‐taught. His passion for art, over time, evolved in photography, but it’s only from 2015 that he develops the water drop photography technique. The liquid art is based on the physical laws of fluid dynamics and takes advantage of an apparently random behaviour of materials combining the characteristics of painting, high‐speed photography and macro photography. The incessant study of liquids and colours allowed him to freeze in precision shots the instant of the impact of the liquid with a surface or with other liquid, thus creating dynamic works and shapes which, due to their speed of realization, are almost imperceptible to the human eye. The essence of this type of photography consists in the unpredictability of the result so that each form is different from the other and the possibilities and syntheses to be discovered are infinite.
Luca Curci – According to you, what makes a good photo? Which details do you focus on?
Carlo Ulpiani – A good snapshot is that one you talk about. Water drop photography needs concentration in every phase, from colours preparation until final shot.
LC – How much is the editing process important? How’s yours?
CU – This kind of photography doesn’t need an important editing, the shot is itself the outcome.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
CU – My flare? I can define myself a good observer. Beyond photography, my interests vary from classic painting to aerography, or 3d modeling, passing by modern painting – the rest is pure creativity.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
CU – There is a continuous work-in-progress part that is experimentation, like new object design, printed in 3D, specifically studied to create the figures used in the photos. During the shot, then, there is another phase that needs time and dedication, variables determination related to speed and density of liquid impact, and everything related to shot parameters, lights, and so on. Should I dedicate myself to develop a easier technique? Yes! But this one, for me, is more fascinating and enjoyable, and I like challenges.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
CU – About style, I should say no, the dominant characteristic is always color. Instead, the technique is a continuous progress and it is necessarily in progress.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
CU – Surely, it is a broad vision and the festival is a very good initiative that collects various kinds of art.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
CU – Each of them is the result of many hours of experimentation and the three pictures correspond to as many interactions that can occur in encounter/collision between liquids object of impact.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
CU – The event seems well organized to me and reflects what was presented.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
CU – For sure, it is a meeting and sharing point for artists who work in very different fields and, for this reason, I believe it is an opportunity for total immersion in art.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
CU – Of course I did!