His name is No Curves. Tape is his brush and lines are his signature. His sources of inspiration? Movies… and instinct.
Tell us something about you and your background.
Behind the artistic pseudonym of NO CURVES there is a Line- and Angles-enthusiast. In my work there is the authentic delight for manual skill and for the Sign – meant as the relationship between the medium and the surface – and for the simplicity of Lines. In fact, the line is the essential element of my aesthetics – it’s the driver of my research towards the synthesis of the shapes. This research arose from my passion for graphics and illustration, until its greatest expression that is now defined “Tape Art”.
How did your passion for Tape Art begin and how did you get to this form of art?
I’ve always been charmed by the world of geometry, by irregular and angular shapes hidden behind natural elements in nature like rocks, minerals and cellular structures. But I’ve always been captivated by architecture and design as well. This fascination met the urban environment I grew up in and merged with the street-skate-surf-videogame culture of the 80’s and 90’s that I had enjoyed. In that context I felt the need to express myself through a medium that was at the same time contemporary, smooth and rigorous, and that could give me the chance to express myself with precision and freedom, trying to recreate the geometric harmony I would find in the world. As a matter of fact, tape is my “pictorial” form of expression.
Your activity is unusual… You were called and artist, a designer, a craftsman. What’s the definition that suits you the most?
I can see myself in all these definitions. I’m always very curious about how everyone perceives my work, whether they appreciate it or they criticize it.
You also work for well-known “commercial” clients, such as Adidas, Rolling Stones, Converse and so on. What does it mean for an artist? Would you like to talk about these projects?
I usually handle “commercial” projects with the same enthusiasm I carry on my own. You often hear that artists have to adjust to the logic of the market or to the requests of clients, but I believe that there are spots where the artist – with courage – can find his way to impose his own logic and rules – and show that everything can be transformed!
Let’s talk about your artworks. With your trait it seems that you want to dig into the soul and personality of the characters you create…
Rather then dig I fragment, transform and then recompose, place again. There’s always something you’re stunned by in a face, in a gesture or in an attitude. I believe that nowadays the fact of being recognizable is not the primary value for a face or a portrait. What is really interesting is to show what is hidden behind that face.
Lines, without curves, couldn’t for their nature create a face. Your artworks, instead, not only do it, but also add life to the figures. What kind of research is behind your creations?
I usually have a very methodic approach with my work, with a lot of research and preliminary study. But at the same time a good dose of the creative process is left to instinct, and this is led by the mental “image” of the work I have to follow. My research focuses on the hidden aspects that I can make emerge on the surfaces I work with.
I know you’re a movie lover… it this your source of inspiration?
The world of cinema is my biggest passion, it helps me focus on the ideas and concepts I want to express. I observe movies and I select them frame by frame, trying to convert every single image and element in pure geometry. It helps your mind practice constantly and it makes you more reactive in the act of physical creation.
Your works remind on the digital world (pixels, 3D etc.). How much of your digital background is in you art?
I was born between the 70’s and the 80’s. Therefore, like every young man of that generation, I fully lived the advent of the digital era in the entertainment industry. Videogames, movies, music… everything would push us towards the future and made us feel part of it. It’s no coincidence that my images are often related to a vectorial imaginary of those years.
How is one of your works created?
My work is the result of a balance I always try to reach between planning and instinctive approach. I often work on sketches and drafts that I draw anywhere – on leaves, agendas, receipts. Sometimes they are also digital drafts. But what really prevails in my work is instinct, the mental image that my hands trust.
What do you want to communicate through your creations?
First of all what I want to transmit is visual pleasure. From another point of view, I want to let people see other worlds and uncommon inspirations beyond the lines I create. You can interpret my lines, make them yours or simply let them carry you away.
What kind of future do you see for Tape Art?
As far as this medium is used superficially or as a fashionable way of expression, I see no real future for it. Planning is what gives value to any intent, whether this is artistic or not. What are the aims, the objectives and the contents? There are the essential questions if you want to plan your own artistic path and make it last long.
What are your future projects?
Grow up, better myself and expand, also regarding the surfaces I work on. I’d like to bring my geometries to bigger and bigger surfaces and get personal and professional satisfaction like those I’ve recently had. Among them, I can mention the sculpture I created for Eastpak – that will be soon presented in Antwerp in collaboration with DAA, Designer Against AIDS – and the installation I realized last summer within the complex of Piscine Botta in Milan, in a historical building from the 30’s.