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“The idea of art”

“The idea of art” + “silent traps for eyes”

AURAL PART:  “The idea of art” – This is the result of my studio experience at the Art Students League of New York, during a residency time of 4weeks in the Vytlacil house in Sparkill (NY) a private School of art. I’ve made 5 interviews with the artists with whom I shared spaces of the art residency, about questions that I ask myself every day. The result is a clear homage to Glen Gould’s Idea of North (Solitude trilogy). In the video below you could see some image from the fall of the structures which I’ve built, as I’m used to, to deceive and collect the attention of public, and as well give another clue to solve my audiovisual riddles.

Can you describe your career ? Which technique you use more willingly and why? Could you give me a definition of your job? What changes do you expect or want in your career? Could you name three artists who have had an influence on your work? Could you sustain youself economically only with art, and how? Do you consider yourself already arrived at a figure of style? Can you describe it ? Do you think you’ll be historicized before your death ?(museums, art manuals). Could you give me your definition of “art”? Do you believe that culture can change the world and why? What is your relationship with the audience during a show ?  What would you do to ensure your own personal in your favorite museum ?Do you think to be socially aknowledged for your work as an artist , and why? What is your relationship with new technologies, how do you use them? Please choose a question for me to which I must answer now:

VISUAL PART: “silent traps for eyes” (N°1/2/3/4/5): structures in balance, made with object stolen (from my collegues studio) or things thrown in the garbage – metaphors of that peculiar kind of insecurity which distinguishes my generation, not just contemporary artists – were brought down under the pressure of the sound of their own interviews, spread with two loudspeakers. An ironicly metaphoric homage equally to Calder’s Mobile and Tinguely’stribute to NY and Rude Goldberg’s Machines, as well to the common need in artists to find a reference in art history.


Dario Lazzaretto