These days, more than ever, there is a need to escape with imagination… Close your eyes to stop this time and see something that is inside each of us. Many escape seek refuge and comfort in literature, philosophy, music, cinema… in art.
Now open them… outside you find the natural beauty that takes up its spaces and the artistic beauty given by artists like Sergio Angeli.
In the space is born Inter_Zone as an inner revolution of the senses in which Sergio Angeli makes us plunge into fears, desires, loneliness. The finding ourselves immersed in the canvas between colors and emotions. It seems familiar to us, it is an area where we can feel at ease. Sergio Angeli experiences all levels of subconscious.
Sergio Angeli’s art is very instinctive, conceptual visionary He works by transforming letters into colour. He started twenty years ago with writing and drawing, then he discovered painting on fabric, and his art in a continuous research has become a constant security in his life.
The painting is not an end in itself is a series like a journey, a story in time… we are welcomed by post-human men or landscapes that are told in a dreamy and dual way. In fact they have the power to hold within themselves, certain aspects of the stratified real. Characters in freedom and autonomy. A reality represented in infinite different mixtures.
Colours thus become thoughts. He takes the recycled fabrics of raw cotton and treats them, building shapes shaped using enamels and acrylics at the base and intervening with colored cans, also wrapped coca cola that creates a reaction on the color.
In the paper and cardboard also releases its purest feelings, like so many creatures scattered around the world who suffer. Emptiness in the fullness of being. Yes, because Sergio Angeli’s art fills us where we feel lack and not. He mixes the fantasy of his experiences and transforms diversity into reality, everything seems of great value to us.
Among the works where he spreads beauty, irony, sweetness, musicality, we find a new way to see the world far but close. Images approaching, humanoid little men ready to welcome us. In Sergio Angeli’s estica we find an inner force always ready to release from one moment or another.
It reminds us of time, a complex future time, without space, without chronology in which we can take refuge in the silent moment of inner transport. The contact with reality comes through the splashes of bright colors, so that we can empathize with ourselves. The emotions as in a vortex of colour of his works lead us to movement. Thanks to it we can go even further in different worlds… especially in this period.
Art Tales by Sergio Angeli
Characters and universal landscapes that we try to scrutinize – wandering figures, complex forms perceptible to the human eye between explosions of colour and magmas – depict the art of Sergio angels that catapults us into his dreamlike world. Let’s dive into these tales of art, and listen to Sergio Angeli in a short interview in which he talks about himself, to get to know more deeply, and go beyond the artist in his ego.
1- How does your artistic path begin?
It began many years ago, in 1996 to be exact. I started mostly writing verses and everything that came into my head. I drew a lot, I was fascinated by black and white drawing, I used ink and markers. Gradually I came to color, initially using oil and acrylics, then over time using cans and unconventional techniques, such as recycled materials applied etc. …
2- Tell us in detail about the creation of your work in the studio, when does it begin and when does it end?
My work almost always starts from a vision, a dream, I never conceive a painting as an end in itself but a pictorial series that represents an overall vision. In fact, this mode allows me to work in full expressive freedom, without the need to make sketches or particular studies, often I fix with words the feelings I have, the inner visions. I write verses that then accompany the entire series. Sensations, emotions, a completely inner interpretation of the world I see and perceive.
3- Which is the artist of the past that inspires you most in particular?
I’ve always had an adoration for Schiele, Giger, Munch. As a boy I was fascinated by the colors of Van Gogh and Cezanne. Growing up and experimenting more and more I discovered I appreciated Burri, Rotcho, Kounellis until I got to the trans avant-garde, in particular Tano Festa and Schifano. But the absolute artist who has marked my life probably has nothing to do with painting and is Ian Curtis, leader and singer of Joy Division, who died suicide in 1980 at just 23 years old. Since I was a boy his lyrics, visceral and rebellious, have touched my soul and since then I have never been separated from it.
4- Tell with your works and make us ask questions through, when is it important for you?
I think it is a great satisfaction to make your work arouse interest and emotions. For me it is the greatest achievement an artist can aspire to. For me it is fundamental that my work arouses questions and interest.
5- Let’s talk about the last series you made, which gives us so many emotions, what is it called and why?
The last pictorial series I’m working on is called Posthuman and was born in full quarantine because of Covid-19, I started to have a vision of a posthumous world, completely different from what we are used to seeing. A world unknown to the most, inhabited by posthuman hybrids and strange creatures similar to android plants and trees born from the buried slag of a civilization that no longer exists. A world where technology has taken over, annihilating man and nature, creating an artificial civilization. At the same time I am working on a series of self-timer, accompanied by writings, made in my studio house during the isolation I decided to call Quarantine Impressions. A sort of quarantine diary, in fact. From here I will shortly collect all the material and publish an e-book.
6- What would you like to give to your audience through these works of yours?
Sincerity. I would like to give my feelings, emotions. My most intimate and purest feeling. Without any structured scaffolding, what I am, what I feel I’m doing.
7- What is the meaning of your creative experience?
I’ve always wondered about that. I don’t know why I do what I do. Most of the time I conceive pictorial series, installations, videos, verses and I do it in a sort of creative trance. I do what I feel like I’m doing. It’s not important how I shape what I perceive, but it’s important that I do it. With every means I have at my disposal, because I think there is a lot of spirituality in an artist’s path and very little reasoning. I can create, in any way and situation, perhaps this may be the meaning of my experience, who knows. I can capture my visions and fix them with different methods and on different supports.
8- Does space show how it can influence the work and vice versa?
Space can become the work itself, for many years now I have been perceiving my exhibitions as a sort of site-specific installation, always adapting my work to the space, or adapting the space to my work, the sense is to make the host space and the guest work become one. It’s not about works hanging on the wall or works exhibited in a space but it’s about a unique project that takes shape from the title, the concept and finally the aesthetics.
She is an independent curator, art advisor and international marketing management consultant. For more than 20 years, he has been a cultural designer of events related to contemporary art with particular attention to unusual spaces and interactions with other arts.