Art – Exclusive Interview with Alexandre Van Glitch - Scratching the Surface: Religion, Faith, Death, Celebrity & Addiction.
Alexander Van Glitch makes me feel uncomfortable. Where most artists are concerned with conventional beauty, Van Glitch is pulling, ever so slightly and delicately, at the pools of imperfections in the human condition.
The ‘Glitch’, the ‘Distortion’ in his work, reflecting at his audience their own concealed data corruptions. Intrigued, I reached out to Alexander Van Glitch, he wants to ‘scratch under surface’ of human life. I wanted to scratch under the surface of his.
Interview: December the 15th 2018 via Instagram Messenger. There has been minimal editing in order to preserve the authenticity of interview.
When did you start digital painting?
Two years ago. Approx half 2016.
Incredible! What inspired you?
I was very attracted by glitch and the idea of imperfection-corruption-distortion. I am also very attracted by classical-traditional aesthetics. So I tried to find a balance between past and contemporary aesthetics.
What is 'Glitch'?
Glitch art is the practice of using digital or analog errors for aesthetic purposes by either corrupting digital data or physically manipulating electronic devices. For me, is a reflection of imperfections of human life.
What imperfections are you seeking to highlight?
First of all, perfection is boring. There is no real beauty without some slight imperfection. There is a kind of beauty and poetry in imperfection.
Why do you think some of your work makes me feel uncomfortable?
Well, that's really interesting! I have to think a bit about it!
Well, first of all I always try do create something not only beautiful but meaningful. And several times the meaning of the artwork is not so comfortable. For example in the smartphone addiction collection.
Then, I suppose that the unconventional mix of artistic styles creates sometimes an uncomfortable feeling.
Was this your intention when creating these pieces?
To scratch the surface of things, humans and landscapes and reveal what's behind. A deeper look to human life, beyond the appearance. Hope it’s clear cause you know, English is not my first language.
What have you found by scratching the surface to human life?
We go back to previous questions: imperfection, distortion, corruption, addiction, individualism. Maybe your inquietude looking at the artworks comes from this peculiar point of view.
Interview paused: December the 15th 2018 via Instagram Messenger at 16:45.
I’ve been thinking about you ‘scratching’ under the surface.
To find what lies beneath the skin.
There are recurring themes in your art: Religion, Faith, Death, Celebrity and Addiction. What can you tell me about this?
Yes, that's true... I tried to find some basic archetypes of contemporary human existence and work around them.
By scratching under the surface of external human existence. Are you also scratching under the surface of your own?
Well, of course. The theme of religion for example comes from my past. I mean, as a child I was so often in the church. In the 80s, in Italy, the influence of the church in life and education was already very strong.
What about the other themes?
I think that most of my works are related to the concept of VANITAS: A vanitas is a symbolic work of art showing the transience of life, the futility of pleasure, and the certainty of death. It's a sort of fil rouge that keeps all my works together.
I have a new series of works focused specifically on Vanitas, I'm going to publish them in the next weeks.
And with the futility of pleasure, I'm also talking about the futility of celebrity.
Finally, what advice would you give to the younger Alexander Van Glitch?
Just follow your instinct without thinking to market or celebrity. Put your vision first.
Interview ended: December the 16th 2018 via Instagram Messenger at 16:20.
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