Im slowly opening a shop on Etsy, I wrote the “About”. Here it is:
A Wabi-sabi Queer Sculptor, Draughtsman and Poet
In 1973 the musicians united under the banner Queen released “A Night at the Opera”, an LP which changed the face of music and still reverberates in many corners of our lives (even if you’re not fully aware of that).
I mention this because the 70 was the decade of electronic instruments infusing the way music was composed. Queen’s LP coyly stated: “no synthesizers”.
Large paintings, huge statues, installations are the must of contemporary art. Take a distance to grasp the whole image, cover your wall with one painting, walk through a landscape to experience an installation trying to mix with nature. The Art Language moves on, like much else.
In some ways, my works are not new: detailed drawings, small, detailed statues have been made before, much more amazing than mine.
However, my works are in many ways unique. The subjects shake the hetero-normative views of what Art can be about. Such subject have “slapped” the face of the Academy before. But on top of that, I speak of what physical interaction between two or more men can represent. I need to explain this.
If you walked the street and saw a man on his knees blowing another man (or even a photograph of that), most probably your first reaction would be “Obscene! Pornographic!”
In order to keep the story as short as possible (more can be read in my books), I’ll say that my first thought would be “that’s a different kind of hand shake” or “one offers gratitude to another and implicitly to himself”.
Probably society will not think like that very soon. But Art Language can go way ahead of what morals and rules determine as kosher.
As sex between two men does not have the function of reproduction, and hedonism is too much of a philosophy to reduce to a short paragraph, I say that the Art that I speak, out of natural impulse and passion, is the Language I use to describe this Other function(s) of sex between men.
If you indulge in my Art and writings, you’d find out that sex for me is far from being a weekend, uni-dimensional way of spending time and getting pleasure. That doesn’t mean I judge anyone who does so, I don’t think they’re lesser than me. Judging other people’s lives, labeling and boxing them is a gigantic waste of time! Observing and understanding any manifestation that takes place in (human) Nature, is a different matter.
My statues are small. They don’t have a pedestal, they don’t function as museum statues or objects that you buy and place on top of your furniture.
Pinocchio’s father, Geppetto, hold his creation in his hands. You can do that with my statues. They are made to be hold in your hands. Their details are whispers. If every time you take some minutes and look at one piece and you hear and see something new, it’s a reflection on your personal change. And you can benefit from seeing how one object, which didn’t change from the last time you looked at it, actually reflects the change in you. You have a new thought about what you see, that’s because your mind and spirit keeps in motion.
This is why Art, even one piece, should it belong to you, is inviting moments of meditation, moments of contemplation.
There’s much more to say, of course, about the Wabi-sabi in my “name” and its traces and hints in my works. Or about the Queer mission I adopted, as I think each Artist should be on a social mission, his/her responsibility towards the talent the Artist has. Because talent is a power and each power comes with responsibilities.