NICOLO' BARAGGIOLI

 

To begin, could you tell me a little about yourself and your background?

Originally from Genoa in Italy and I have been living between London and my hometown for the last 5 years. I am 33 and I am a self-taught artist.

Describe your journey to becoming an artist. Has it been easy? Natural? What has been difficult?

My journey has been very natural and at the same time anything but easy though. 

To be honest it’s been a bit of a struggle. It has been very difficult to be accepted and appreciated. Hard to find out what was the right path to take but very satisfying and exciting so far!

How would you describe your work to someone?

My work is characterized by its aspiration towards emotional detachment, towards antisubjectivity and coldness, proposing a peculiar emphasis on the object and its physicality. The artistic product is identified with its structure, with elements such as surfaces, materials, shapes, thickness, angles, chromaticism: the result is object.

What I try to achieve is a result of non-expressive art, which is imposed through optical-perceptual messages originating from the dialogue between forms, light and space. The physical object becomes a preponderant element of the work of art: the support, the material, the color, take the place of representation. 

What is important for viewers to note when viewing your work?

My work is based almost exclusively on the use of solid and essential geometric shapes, on modules that can be repeated and combined in almost infinite realization solutions, often small and medium-sized structures that enhance the estranging effect between reality in which the work is placed and the work itself. However, there are some works that instead seek the opposite effect, namely: the most sculptural installations, on the other hand, tend to occupy the surrounding environment more and more clearly, dialogueing and involving the exhibition space, which becomes an active component of my artistic work

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What is your process like? How important is process in understanding your work?

Honestly the process itself, despite the common thought, is not so important in understanding my work. 

What really counts in my work is the fact that all the works are characterized by their accentuated executive rigor, are composed with a few geometrically defined elements, adopting an essential lexicon, are presented as a variation of primary elements, pure, simple forms, with a chromatism that often coincides with that of the materials.

What does your work aim to say?

In Zen thought it is said: "if something bores you after two minutes, try it for four. If you still get bored, try for eight, sixteen, thirty-two, and then again. You could probably find out that it's not boring but interesting. "

Repetition is also a key aspect of the aesthetics of the production of my work.

Can you highlight some of your influences and discuss how they have impacted your work?

From a cultural point of view my education, especially Greek and Latin philosophy and literature, has been essential in the research and development of my work. As for artistic references, I appreciate minimal art and poor art, although I try not to emulate their characteristics but if anything, to evolve them in my own way of making art. 

Donald Judd, Alan Charlton, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Gilberto Zorio and Tadao Ando are people who have inspired my work.

Where do you find inspiration?

Mostly around me. I am lucky enough to live in a city that inspires me everyday. 

There are stimulus everywhere around me! 

Too many sometimes. What I see, what I hear and what I read is where I find the most and deepest inspiration though. 

Inspiration - I also think - is a state of mind, and it can be found anywhere anytime inside us

In your experience, what is the best thing about being an artist? What is the hardest thing about being an artist?

Best thing: Dreaming of becoming a great artist 

Hardest thing: Getting there

What piece of advice would you give to a young artist?

Pursue your dreams and follow your instinct. Always. Do not look too much around you, keep your head down and work hard! 

Results will come! 

 
Adam Reid Fox