Without a doubt, the work of Marco Battaglini (Verona, Italy, 1969) echoes the anxiety inherent in Western society during the 21st century. This artist’s work confronts us with an esthetic shock, a style charged with eclecticism and a touch of humor that brings a smile to the spectator’s face while begging questions about the dogma that underlies current artistic and social scenes.
ARTPOPCLASSIC captures the main characteristic of Battaglini’s work, specifically the inclusion of elements drawn from classic art alongside elements drawn from Pop art – an inter-textual puzzle rich with references. Here we see classic works of art transported to the present day, re-contextualized in a contemporary artistic and social setting where new messages are sent that require the cooperation of the receiver. For more of his works, visit his website www.marcobattaglini.com and check the interview below.
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
The Director of my own Movie!
Whom do you look up to?
People with a great vision, determination and willpower, whose imagination can give a great contribution to humanity.
Who or what has been the biggest influence on your way of thinking?
I’ve definitely had very many influences … I think even my love for many Art Movements and Arts in all its forms, has led to the creation of ARTPOPCLASSIC®, that mixture of styles from different aesthetic concepts…
What made you want to become an artist?
I always loved art. I am the son of artists and all my studies have been in the Arts.
What was your favourite project and why?
I identify with the project ARTPOPCLASSIC® because I feel that is able to provoke a thought out of plato’s cave…
Through a subtle interplay of multiple realities overlapping in the chronotope, ARTPOPCLASSIC® evidences the contradictions in mental models about the temporal contrast (chronological), and the cultural and linguistic barriers. Compositions which at first seem ‘logicals’, immediately reveal temporal and spatial limitations that are disruptive in the interpretation of reality.
ARTPOPCLASSIC® invites us to think that in today’s global village, with the ‘democratization’ of culture, the evolution of knowledge, information immediacy, immersed in the heterogeneity, the Patchwork Culture forces us to confront with a need
understanding beyond our geographical boundaries of time.
What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced during your career as an artist?
To overcome my fears.
Do you have a favourite quote that describes what you truly believe in?
You can go as far as your imagination allows you.
How do you define creativity?
The ability to let your imagination fly.
If you had one advice for someone seeking to live a creative life, what would you tell him?
In every decision you make (and at every moment you are making a decision) be guided by what you love and not by fear.
What do you know now that you wish you knew at 21?
The clarity of what I want for my life.
Is there anything for which you would be ready to give up your passion for art?
It is the most powerful passion that I have … if I give up that … I have nothing.
All images © Marco Battaglini