The Palette Pages is thrilled to introduce the art and interview by Art-Rooms selected artist Simone Rosti
Self taught or art school?
If you could own one work of art what would it be?
An artwork of Maurizio Cattelan, it’s not important which one.
How would you describe your style?
I think to be a “not” photographer in the usual sense of the term, but an artist who uses the photography as a painter uses a brush or as a writer uses the word. Essentially, I think I am a conceptual artist who uses photography.
It was not easy to make others understand my art. Sometimes I have been considered as questionable technical photographer. Sometimes a photographer monothematic …The truth is that I do not care about the result and aesthetics of my work. I simply capture fragments of reality and I emphasize them up to the state of mind where I am. The results are my artworks with their imperfections, their misunderstandings, their incompleteness: our life. I never conceived shooting as a technical exercise where everything was balanced in search of perfection. Simply it was not my purpose. Conversely I found in imperfection and movement the key to my expression.
I think my art is very original, distinctive and identifiable. It is not common among photographers artists who often transit over in many areas with the risk to lose the fil rouge of their thought. I chose to stay in well-defined areas in favor of coherence; maybe in the future I could stop to produce artworks and I will focus on writing…The artist who recycles himself, selling his product as an object of consumption, does not interest me.
I am intrigued by essence and absence. I shoot through rapid movement of scenery: this is the starting point for subtraction, exasperation of contrast and scarification of the image until nothing but essence is left, an intimate and hidden projection of Self, an outstretched hand toward the viewer.
Where are your favourite places to view art?
I love museums and outdoor installations.
Who are your favourite artists and why?
In my career, I found two artists essential for me: Edward Hopper (painter) and Gregory Crewdson (photographer). For me, art is above all an expression of suffering, of anguish, of not being able to find a true meaning of life. It is in this interstice that I have focused my attention. It’s here where my work have found their sources of inspiration. I take pictures in the same way as I could draw, simply while I’m working on a photograph I have more options to manipulate.
What or who inspires your art?
Most of my shots occur while I’m driving in solitude, where I’m travelling with my mind, while my body is busy completing a physical gesture, almost paralyzed by instinct and not with real commitment. Yet in this space in which I can’t escape from the cage (the car) I am compelled to pay attention to the unexpected (to what I have in front, beside and behind me): the perfect setting at the base of my “canvas”.
Where’s your studio and what’s it like?
My small house in the wonderful center of Bologna, Italy.
Do you have any studio rituals?
What are you working on currently?
In a first period of my artistic experience I printed my artwork on fine art. In the last years, I preferred to print directly on “plastic” material (i.e. transparent methacrylate applied on panel in PVC expanded) or a “hard” material (i.e aluminum). The target of this is to increase the materiality of my messages.
Where can we buy your art?
Directly from myself (and my social reference) or across ARTFINDER.COM
What are your ambitions?
To be recognized as an artist who knows how to merge the medium with the message.