Interview: Stephan Paré
Luca Curci talks with Stephan Paré during the 11th Edition of CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2022, at Palazzo Bembo.
Stephen Paré is the son of a nuclear physicist and a learning disabilities teacher. He grew up on a wooded ridge in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. In school, his classmates were the children of scientists and the grandchildren of coal miners. He has lived in different regions of the United States. He holds degrees in literature, music, and electronics technology, as well as an MFA in studio art. He creates artworks on mobile devices and computers and frequently writes flash fiction to accompany them. He is the author of a book of about 120 stories and 500 images, The Avid Diver.
Luca Curci – Which subject are you working on?
Stephan Paré – I’m doing a series of 5-7 digital paintings as a recollection of Venice. The colour harmonies, textures, and motifs are taken from aged walls and graffiti I saw there.
LC – What is art for you?
SP – It is natural for me, like most things that anyone devotes thousands of hours to developing.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
SP – Not so different than it has always been; at least, I suspect so, since I cannot speak for other times or other artists. But perhaps I can give you a more interesting answer by saying that the richness of techniques and media and ideas available to a contemporary artist allows for an individuality, customization, of an artist’s work, that has never existed before. Probably I’m not alone in having the certainty that I probably would not have been an artist in the past.
LC – How do you choose your subjects? Is it a reasoned or an instinctive process?
SP – Both – and neither. I mean that both of those play a role, but neither of them is the main and most important process. No doubt a neuroscientist could shed light on this. The thinking that leads to an artistic choice (not only to a choice of subject) is born of experience, of mental connections that are not instinct; still, less is it a process of reasoning, as it has the qualities of recognition and immediacy.
LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
SP – Mostly I experience a kind of separation from the work, as though someone else had done it (if I’m lucky, someone with a great talent!). Whether or not that is a feeling, however, is not easy for me to say.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
SP – I do agree, and the best indicator is that you have interesting work hanging alongside mine.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
SP – ‘Nubibus Arduis” is to my mind a Roman picture. The title is taken from the ancient Roman poet Horace; meaning “the steep clouds”, it is a sort of landscape, specifically a cityscape, in the sky – in keeping with the theme of the exhibition. I don’t think it would be difficult to convince most people that the picture has Roman colors. Perhaps it is a tribute to the loftiness of the ambitions of the ancient architects and planners of that great city.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
SP – Yes, I’m sure of it.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
SP – Bring in more viewers, especially collectors who are interested in buying new work.