Fabio La Fauci
Fabio La Fauci's minimal, abstract works approach painting from an increasingly photographic and sculptural perspective, using the paint itself, and the canvases it's on, to reconfigure how we experience them. I love their brightness, and the way they appear quickly or briskly made, which belies the care taken in choosing color, placement, and installation of each one. Happy that he shared some thoughts with me about his process, and how he perceives the art world!
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Hi Fabio! First, can you tell me about yourself? Where are you from originally, and where do you live now?
I’m originally from Milan, Italy, and I’ve lived in Barcelona, and London. For the moment I’m living in Berlin.
What first interested you in making art?
I always had a pencil in my hands; it’s something natural to me. I like to discover the potential, limits, and point of contacts of media. Lately I’m opening up to photography and sculpture.
Can you tell me a bit about your paintings? It seems you're very drawn to bright color, and the physical nature of the paint. What is your process like?
I used to be very dark and sinister with my paintings, but this last year I radically changed to more brighter colors. I think the depressive phase it’s something every painter has to go through in order to find other ways to be a painter. It’s tricky: you have to manage a language that has been around forever.
Some of my recent works that I like more are very minimal paintings, based on the rediscovery of signs, and photos that I take after paintings I do. It’s an interesting cross-media language between disciplines. It also says a lot after a decade of making paintings, that when the canvas becomes the subject for a photo, it’s not a canvas anymore, then I throw away the canvas. So the photo is the only proof of something that was -- that is not anymore.
sounds like a metaphor , isnt'it?
What is your favorite thing about your medium?
Painting is meditation, and for this reason it’s really easy to get lost. For the same reason, I’m opening up to other media; I can’t only focus on painting. The world of images is too wide to approach only one type of media.
What is your studio like?
I recently changed studios, so now my studio is not very big, but it’s an okay size for the things I’m doing. When I have bigger production to do, I rent bigger places.
Is there a tool or object in your studio that you can't live without?
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Mhhh… I received many pieces of advice, from different people, but I wouldn’t say there was a “BEST” one so far. I trust my gut; this normally works.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging or difficult about pursuing art seriously?
The art world is a big challenge. To produce art is a big investment both in terms of energy and money, and of course, if you don't have the right support, it could be a waste of your own money.
What is the most fulfilling or rewarding aspect?
To see the artworks on the wall of the gallery after months of production, being alone in the studio, then of course, some sales! ;)
Do you have any upcoming exhibitions or projects coming up that you're currently developing?
I’m working on a couple of projects, between Germany and the UK, but you know, until the stuff is on the wall, nothing is for sure.
Anything else you would like to add?
The more I know the art world, the more I see it’s based on money; galleries are shops that sells products. It’s becoming more and more like the fashion industry.
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