Interview: Flavio Borrelli | ITSLIQUID

Interview: Flavio Borrelli

Interviews | February 19, 2023 |

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Interview: Flavio Borrelli
Luca Curci talks with Flavio Borrelli, during the 16th Edition of VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2022, at Palazzo Bembo and during BODYSPACES, first appointment of CANVAS ART FAIR, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.

Flavio Borrelli is an Italian artist and architect based in Marseille dedicated to experimenting with the possible links between art, crafts, and architecture at different scales.

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Luca Curci – What is your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Flavio Borrelli – My artistic formation has developed in Italy, Spain, Arizona, New Mexico, Chile, and nowadays in France. After graduating in Architecture at the University Federico II in Naples and a period of study at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura in Seville, Spain, in 2010 I moved to the United States to collaborate with the architect and artist Paolo Soleri, founder of the project “Arcosanti, urban laboratory”. It is there, in the desert of Arizona, that my interest in art began to grow. The following year, in Taos, New Mexico, I took part in the Earthship academy to participate in the construction of self-sustainable houses made of recycled materials where I started being very interested in craftsmanship as a tool for artistic experimentation. From the United States, I moved to South America, Chile, to work as a bricklayer, acquiring further “manual” experiences in building processes. In 2013, I returned to Italy, where I started up in Naples, my own professional studio “Atelier Borrelli”. Nevertheless, the pleasure of being at home, my stay in Italy did not last that long: the charm of the desert drew me back to the United States for a challenging assignment: in 2015 I am back again in Arizona to take, for the next two years, the charge of Planning Manager for the Arcosanti project. Since 2018 I am based in Marseille where I keep travelling between countries and disciplines, to create by means of cultural interaction, and new events of artistic expression.

LC – Which subject are you working on?
FB – The movement of my work is very heterogeneous: I work with different purposes and in different directions. Despite the heterogeneity of my production, my varied artistic projects share one central common goal: Man; not in the social or political sense, but rather as a primitive individual, armed with intellect, passion and ability to create, anchored to the solid dimension, to reality, to concreteness, to the earth.

LC – How is your creative process?
FB – My creative process starts from the brain-abstraction of ideas that first evolve through sketches after sketches before becoming a concrete object into reality. I try to be pretty much aware all along the day, looking around, and talking to people, good ideas can come at any time. Usually, when I eat I have many creative ideas and, in order to catch them rapidly, I make sketches on the tablecloth: I know it is very cliché, but it works so well.

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LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
FB – It depends on the suggestions. It is self-evident that having an external “eye” over your work always helps the artistic process from intellectual isolation. But usually, people just can’t avoid talking about money, I mean, to relate the emergency of an artwork to its economic results. That bothers me so much! It is a very blind and limiting approach. Others instead always try to search for words to attach their feeling too, losing the feeling and the sense of the work itself. I do prefer when people just take no position in front of my work and transmit their suggestions from a neutral mind asset.

LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
FB – I am very much alarmed at seeing how mankind is gradually being replaced by machines, robots, computers, and software, while individual freedom is increasingly getting blind under the spell of influencers, marketing algorithms and shortsighted mass movements: A concern that gives strength and shape to my artistic direction: to support the centrality of Man -as an integrity body-soul-intellect- in the relationships between form and space without falling into the trap of creating art that, shining without substance, becomes pure image, pure consumption.

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LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the exhibition or as part of preexisting works?
FB – The works I presented to the exhibition are part of a line of preexisting works that I called “Cadre[hors]cadre”: a series of formal reflections on the balance between the “frame” and the “freedom”. The frame, as a closed and limited structure, by essence constraining and suffocating. And freedom, as the courageous impulse to take freely the path of discovering one’s own uniqueness.

LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
FB – Lately, when I set myself in front of the canvas, I am not able to do anything that can be contained within the limits of the frame. I feel as if something wanted to force an imposing structure on me with limits and boundaries to not overpass. What kind of structure? For example, I have experienced that galleries prefer to work with artists that are single-theme concerned, or specialized in something in particular. Or the fact that an artwork must be made to be on the marketplace, and must be created to be sold. I mean, all those kinds of constraints that generate solid boundaries in which we tame the fierce beast of art. That’s the reason why all my artworks in this exhibition get out of the frame that supports them. Everything that remains docile and quiet in its square no longer arouses me any enthusiasm. I just want to stimulate thoughts on individual freedom as a force that pushes us to break down the barriers of standardization, of dogmas, of limiting mental structures, in order to be truly free with artistic expression.

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LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
FB – I think this organization offers effective possibilities for social networking and artistic exchanges

LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
FB – Yes, I would suggest a collaboration with ITSLIQUID GROUP, not just because of the quality of the service and artistic support they offer but also and mainly for the quality of people who work behind the scenes and create a vibrant environment with good competencies and good vibes.

LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
FB – I think this group has taken a very interesting road.

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