Wednesday, December 16, 2009

EDONISM - An Independent movie Production in Tokyo


Edonism is the tragic story of James Hallway, an English businessman from The U.K.

He came to Tokyo looking for the dream and a life with his beautiful wife, Sophie. Instead he found a life of toil, torment and alcoholism. Unable to face his descent into self destruction, Sophie left, abandoning him to his downward spiral into the gutter.

When things can't get any worse, his grip on reality is stolen from under him as he experiences all manner of hallucinations and ulitmately a coma.

When he is revived he begins to learn some terrifying truths about his condition and his connection to a long forgotten legend from ancient Japan.

Together with the resourceful Dr Geena Landlord he attempts a desperate quest of discovery that leads them both to the very heart of conspiracy involving a secret government order and the enigmatic being known as the The Cat Fish .

Alessandro Fantini

Is an independent artist / writer / filmmaker, who is currently active in the contemporary arts and film scene in Italy.

We are looking for talented actors and actresses to join in this exciting project, which will be entered into international film festivals and shown on European TV channels.
http://fantini.typepad.com/edonism/

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The breath of William Kurelek



I think it's a pity that nowadays the name of this talented and visionary artist survives just in Canada. The story of my obsession for William Kurelek dated to the discovery of his masterwork "The Maze" that happened accidentally when I was a child reading a large book about psychiatry belonging to a friend of my father. The detailed and disturbing sagittal representation of a human skull full of boxes containing small iconic scenes (reminiscent of those ones depicted by Magritte, Ernst and Dali) impressed me so deeply that I couldn't forget it for a long while, even if I wasn't able to know who was the painter since the book didn't provide the name of the author. The mistery enveloping both the painting theme and its creator boosted even more my fascination for the image. Somehow his Bosh-like and bruegelesque taste reminded me an intense state of mind I perceived when I was very young staring at the little figures on the basement of an old globe in my house.
Accidentally the last year I found again the same large book in the house of a friend of mine, but this time I checked out the illustration references at the end of the volume and, following the several clues on the web, I finally managed to find his name. Since then I studied his life reading rare canadian books and discovered further impressive pictures and drawings he made during the period he spent at the London Maudsley Hospital when he painted "The Maze".
I started to paint this picture while I was simply musing about all the ancient feelings I recovered when I found again that gruesome Kurelek's self-portrait. I cannot explain rationally why I paint this urban landscape. All in all, showing what you cannot express through words and logic, might be the reason paintings are made for...

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Deluxe edition of The Sinovial Gaze - the Art of Alessandro Fantini

The Sinovial Gaze - Deluxe edition



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The Sinovial Gaze-The Art of Alessandro Fantini embodies the first attempt at gathering more than a decade of creative and hallucinative experiences lived by the “multimedianic” artist Alessandro Fantini in a unique visual ride along more than one hundred luxuriant color illustrations. The book depicts the progression of Fantini's quest for the medianic rendition of his most inner pulsions and visions. Since the early 90s, with the discovery of the oil painting and the surrealist concepts, his artworks higlight a turbulent tension towards the cinematic and narrative syntaxes that will soon led him to deal with shortmovies, novels, comics, videoart and music languages. The book is structured into three sections which explore chronologically the pictorial and graphic dimensions of his visionary craftmanship. This 2009 hard cover deluxe edition includes new notes and more recent artworks in bigger size.

"Alessandro’s devotion to oil and canvas has rewarded us we with enough medianic meditations on the nature of the human mind to keep us transfixed for many years to come. His discipline and persistence from early childhood through his teens and now into his adulthood has taken the viewer on an incredible journey through an isolated landscape that invites dialogue, challenges preconceptions of existence, and teases us with sexual imagery that writhes through both foreground and background. DSC_0202

Alessandro is fascinated by the interior of the human mind, and more precisely his own. His art is defined by the eerie images of the transmogrification of the human body, its transience from youth to age, from life to death, from ethereal to grotesque animalism. The complexity of his images refuses to be defined precisely and they’re often unsettling in their depiction of our psychic core.
Alessandro shows heavy influence from Dali, especially in his early paintings. Employing many of the same techniques and compositions as that mad old Spaniard, Alessandro refined and evolved his painterly skills. His earlier works are a cacophony of colour, passion and violence that bursts from the canvas.

The young painter exploring his sexual desires is most clearly evident by the fantasy females and phantasmagorical muses that haunt the ruined walls of castles and churches. Indeed they’re a recurrent element throughout his works, as we’re faced, uncomfortably so at times, with the raw, burning Eros that knaws deeply at the hearts of men."

Excerpt from the new Lorenzo Fantini's foreword.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

NEPENTE TRAILER


Paintings and movies are artificial plants born from the seed of Vision one has in one's mind. The practical gesture of moving the brush upon the blank surface of canvas recalls that one of tattoing the pale skin of a dead body. Visions to me are so cruelly concrete that painting them has the same value of giving life to their spiritual flesh. Now the cyber space, the high definition technology, the virtual realities, the digital film-making, the 3D and 5.1 audiovisual experience, the web streaming are announcing the end of the “Multimedia Era” and the beginning of the “Multimedianic Age”. Therefore, even when I just paint or direct a movie, what I unleashed on the canvas or on the screen is nothing but the “imprinting” of these medianic visions which contain all the high definition realities of the Invisible. Visions mean listening to the images and watching the sound. Over the years I applied this concept to everything I managed to create in order to stay faithful to the source of my irrational and biological pulsions, since I never considered my art as a simple activity separated by my daily life. Many of my short movies, art videos and novels such as "The Rain Frames", "Endometria", "Amnihollow", "aVoid", "Body Locked" deal with the recurrent theme of the transmogrification of matter and of human body, often signifing the substantial ambiguity of being, where illusions, hallucinations and dreams are made of the same tissue of our so-called reality and sometime are able to unveil realms more concrete than our own world. In my new feature movie "NEPENTE"that will be premiered in the next weeks, I developed these themes linking them to the new existential crisis of human identity in the era of the social networks, forums, blogs and chat rooms where the massive proliferation of imaginary personalities has dramatically increased the fragmentation and the distortion of our Ego.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Lorenzo Tucci The Sky by Alessandro Fantini 2009

Lorenzo Tucci - The Sky (2009)


Video of the track from the upcoming Lorenzo Tucci's album "Touch"


Directed and edited by Alessandro Fantini
Animation and artworks by Alessandro Fantini
Produced by Lorenzo Tucci

"The Sky" played and produced by Lorenzo Tucci



www.lorenzotucci.com

Thursday, January 1, 2009

The Sinovial Gaze - The Art of Alessandro Fantini

http://www.lulu.com/content/3229469
http://www.amazon.com/Sinovial-Gaze-A...

Alessandro Fantini's imagination knows no bounds: his visions have their own story, their own world and their silent messages a truly singular creation. - Jean Michel Jarre, world-wide renown composer, author of million-selling albums such as Oxygene and Equinoxe

"The Sinovial Gaze - The Art of Alessandro Fantini" embodies the first attempt at gathering more than a decade of creative and hallucinative experiences lived by the multimedianic italian artist Alessandro Fantini in an unique visual ride along more than one hundred luxuriant color illustrations. The book depicts the progression of Fantini's quest for the medianic rendition of his most inner pulsions and visions. Since the early 90s, with the discovery of the oil painting and the surrealist concepts, his artworks higlight a turbulent tension towards the cinematic and narrative syntaxes that will soon led him to deal with shortmovies, novels, comics, videoart and music languages. The book is structured into three sections which explore chronologically the pictorial and graphic dimensions of his visionary craftmanship.

Among the featured artworks there are the David Lynch's portrait (below right) displayed at the London Brick Lane Gallery, the erotic oil on wood board "O.B.E." featured in the Fantini's selfportrait printed on the Jean Michel Jarre's AERO album booklet, the celebrative painting of the Jarre's "Oxygene" 30th anniversary, the canvas Memories of Dreamsinspired by Blade Runner, and the tribute to Stanley Kubrick personally donated to his wife Christiane Kubrick. Comments and notes by the artist himself, Jean Michel Jarre, Charles de Lauzirika, Claudio Castellini, Lorenzo Fantini, Samuel Toole.

Printed: Paperback book, 130 pages, 7.44" x 9.68", perfect binding, white interior paper (80# weight), full-color interior ink, white exterior paper (90# weight), full-color exterior ink

Published and distributed by Lulu.com

"Alessandros devotion to oil and canvas has rewarded us we with enough medianic meditations on the nature of the human mind to keep us transfixed for many years to come. His discipline and persistence from early childhood through his teens and now into his adulthood has taken the viewer on an incredible journey through an isolated landscape that invites dialogue, challenges preconceptions of existence, and teases us with sexual imagery that writhes through both foreground and background." Lorenzo Fantini excerpt from the foreword