This is 5 Questions. Each week, we send five questions to an artist featured in Under the Radar, our weekly email highlighting the best art on the ArtSlant network. This week we seek answers from Marco Abisso.
What are you trying to communicate with your work?
I do not try so much to communicate to others, the more I try to establish a communication with my interiority, to then interpret the signs later. As in everyday life, I commit good and bad actions, waiting to understand the implications, for trying to improve both personally and in relationship with others. In art I try to do the same, but instead of venting on everyday objects I do it on paintings. And this makes it less serious than usual.
What is the responsibility of an artist?
In general I can’t say. I know that for my part, instead of thinking of personal profit, I have to be able to extend my motivation towards the common good. Although it is a difficult undertaking. And even if this should cost me an artist’s career.
Inner Sound, 2018, Exhausted motor oil, tar spray and spray paint on canvas
Show us the greatest thing you ever made (art or not)?
The only thing that comes to mind to say, in individual terms, is having stopped using the mobile phone for five years. I learned not to consider myself as a concrete phenomenon in its own right, but more as an impermanent phenomenon, which exists dependently on causes that lie outside of my physical person. To be honest, I do not know if this is in fact a great thing, and even if it is to be considered art, but it has certainly been a great exercise that has changed me and my way of seeing things.
Untitled 402 (N.Y.C. Lower Manhattan), 1998–2015, Silver print
Tell us about a work you want to make but never will:
This question sounds strange to me because, usually, if I want to do something, it always happens to be the right time to do it! But in fact every day I think I want to go back to doing graffiti as I did up to five years ago! But beyond, the reasons explained in the previous question and, the fact that I still have a criminal proceeding about graffiti open against me, I think that it will no longer be possible to do so without incurring serious problems.
The Blue Over, 2017, Spray paint on canvas
Who are three artists we should know but probably don’t?
I can’t say which artists you should know. Among those few I know, some of them do not even consider themselves artists! But if you want to take a look at the work of three dear friends, try typing these three keywords:
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(Image at top: Self shapes, 2018, Tar spray and spray paint on canvas)