Monday, August 13, 2018

About untraced artistic paths

My answers to the fineartamerica.com interview:

1. If someone were to film a documentary about your life, how would the story go?

Actually, since my adolescence I started writing a sort of screenplay of my own life, just like I was aware I was going to shoot it by myself at a later stage in my existence. Indeed in 2012 ago I’ve directed a bio-documentary about my artistic path up until that year. The opening scenes showed the landscape of the Sangro Valley in Middle Italy, where I was born and where I currently live. The image of the Sangro river (from the Spanish word “sangre” meaning “blood”) starting from the snowy mountains and ending in the Adriatic Sea, is presented as a metaphor of the inner stream of visions and irrational desires nurturing my creative quest from childhood to these days. Somehow every painting, movie, musical composition and novel I’ve created until now could be defined as a blood cell floating along the mystical side of the river. Therefore, the topography of the valley could be used as an allegorical map of my own human and artistic odyssey.


2. What were your biggest triumphs and challenges? What decisions did you make that shaped or changed the direction of your life? Who influenced or mentored you along the way?

To be honest I think that nowadays the fact of being a creative person is a challenge itself. No one will take your artistic vocation seriously until you’re able to show that you’re making a living with it. Maybe the biggest triumph is when you’re completely free to create without being forced to constantly show or explain what and why you’re working on certain projects. Choosing to not become a teacher or a factory employee after graduating with honours to keep working on my artworks, was the most important and daring decision I’ve taken so far (however in Italy is hard to make a career as a university teacher without the support of a family of teachers or influent people).
I’ve always been a self-taught artist. Aside of the lessons of masters such as Vermeer, Dalì, Magritte, Giger, Wyeth, Kubrick, Bunuel, Lynch, over the years no one influenced or taught me anything useful. On the contrary, I must thank every art critic or professional working in the arts and showbiz who tried to convince me that an artistic career was a colossal waste of time. In a certain sense, the sheer amount of art I’ve produced over the last two decades is even the natural feedback to the defeatism surrounding me. It’s like I need to create an imaginary world where I can find a shelter from the nihilism and the brutal pragmatism of contemporary society, allowing me to give an aesthetic interpretation of the latter.

3. Did you pursue your childhood dreams, and are you happy with where your life is at today?

Being an artist means preserving the playful anarchy of the childhood. Only in this attractive chaos it’s possible to exert the freedom to create new rules and aesthetic dimensions. Like Nietzsche once wrote, maturity means rediscovering the seriousness one had as a child at play. The artistic activity is the better way to preserve it. Though, happiness isn’t a term relatable to the creative process. For me the main motivation of an artist life is to constantly challenge the boundaries of his own “safety zone”. That basically means living in a persistent yet voluptuous state of prolific anguish.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Glair Boat

 Glair Boat (from the album "Trinity of Dementia")

 

The inspiration for the song "Glair boat" came from my childhood memories of an ancient Italian tradition consisting in putting the glair of an egg into a glass jar full of water during the night between 28th and 29th June. "The Saint Peter's boat" is the name given to the final shape taken by the glair in the early morning. According to the popular belief Saint Peter blows in the jar shaping the glair in the likeness of a vessel. It was then possible to forecast the agrarian vintage or the child's future by observing the inclination of the sails. In my song I describe the singular case of a community attempting to sail a river by a giant glair ship doomed to sink, until a child decides to reach the estuary aboard his own little boat. 

 

Exile of Kelpie

AFAN alessandro Fantini 

 Exile of Kelpie (Water power trance)

Oil on canvas, 50x50 cm (2018) 




Wednesday, May 23, 2018

TRINITY OF DEMENTIA out now


"They know nothing at all, yet profess to know everything. They are ignorant even of themselves, and are often too absent minded or near sighted to see the ditch or stone in front of them".

Erasmus - The Praise of Folly


 

Over thousands of years human madness has taken many forms, but only the 21st century has brought the most insane combination of them: cyber-egotism, cyber-ignorance and cyber-greediness aka the Trinity of Dementia.

 

Conceived, composed, performed, recorded, mixed and produced by AFAN Alessandro Fantini.

Lyrics, vocals and effects by AFAN Alessandro Fantini. 

Cover art by AFAN Alessandro Fantini.

 

Trinity of Dementia is out now on Spotify and Deezer.

 


Saturday, April 14, 2018

IGNORANCID

AFAN Alessandro Fantini
IGNORANCID

The music video of the new single "Ignorancid" from the upcoming AFAN's concept album.

Directed, animated and edited by AFAN Alessandro Fantini.
Music, lyrics and vocals by AFAN Alessandro Fantini.