Saturday, November 12, 2011

Presque vu - Atlas of Untold. The new Alessandro Fantini's artbook


"I consider painting my most intimate dominion where pursuing the evocation of what I like to define “mysterium interruptum”, “a suspended mystery”, that is something very similar to the experience of the “presque vu”, “almost seen”, when we feel that we’re about to recall a name or a word without being able to tell it. In fact like the more sensual “coitus interruptus”, the pleasure of this impression relies on the anguished awareness of the unspeakable that only the crystallization of momentum rendered by a painting can deliver to the watcher".

Alessandro Fantini, November 2011

More than a decade of meditative studies around the mysteries of Being projected on canvases, papers and videos, constantly fluctuating between stylistic reminiscences of Flemish masters, symbolism, surrealism and glimpses of neo-realist dimensions tied to waking dream intuitions and self-induced hallucinations; more than 450 artworks generated by an aesthetic Stakhanovism nurtured since the first childhood experiments in comics and anime; more than a simple artist obsessed by his own self-centered realm or the latest artistic trend, Alessandro Fantini has always conceived his creative activity as a privileged “detector” of all the unspeakable and enigmatic realities hidden behind the material as well as spiritual sphere.

Standard edition: http://www.blurb.com/my/book/detail/2645519

Deluxe edition: http://www.blurb.com/my/book/detail/2643746


Presque vu (Deluxe edition) by Alessandro Fantini | Make Your Own Book

The paintings collected in this "Atlas of Untold" are the best proofs that the roads of the mystery lead nowhere but to the silent and swarming cities of Unknown.
Indeed, everything you cannot tell by using words that you have "on the tip of your tongue" is what makes art worth of being admired.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

When the Metaphor Becomes the Monster: Exclusive



Remembering EDOnism 

When I faced for the first time the idea to shoot a movie in Tokyo, while I was discussing the hypothesis with then soon-to-be EDonism producer Lorenzo Fantini two years ago during his latest stay in Italy, I immediately thought that the script should have deal with something gigantic, frightening and epic. No other city in the world is able to suggest the feeling of a majestic and intimidating human beehive as much as Tokyo. It seemed that all my obsessions for movies like Blade Runner, Akira and Ghost in the Shell as well as my interest in Shintoism, Ukiyo-e art,  and Suehiro Maruo, would have take me sooner or later  to nowhere but to the enigmatic land of geisha, samurai, Godzilla and hi-tech marvels.  As usual, the way I fleshed out the concept and the story was closer to the process of conceiving a painting or a comic than to a traditional pre-production of a movie.

Read the article at:  http://roberthood.net/blog/index.php/2011/10/26/when-the-metaphor-becomes-the-monster-exclusive/

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Alessandro Fantini | Art Takes Miami 2011

Alessandro Fantini | Art Takes Miami 2011

- AB URBE INCOGNITA -

http://afantini.daportfolio.com/gallery/328784

More than a decade of meditative studies around the mysteries of Being projected on canvases, papers and videos, constantly fluctuating between stylistic reminiscences of Flemish masters, symbolism, surrealism and glimpses of neorealist dimensions tied to waking dream intuitions and self-induced hallucinations; more than 450 artworks generated by an aesthetic Stakhanovism nurtured since the first childhood experiments in comics and anime; more than a simple artist obsessed by his own self-centered realm or the latest artistic trend, Alessandro Fantini has always conceived his creative activity as a privileged “detector” of all the unspeakable and enigmatic realities hidden behind the material as well as spiritual sphere.

The - Ab Urbe Incognita - solo exhibition project represents a first ambitious attempt to offer an organic and reasoned insight into one of the most prominent theme featured through the whole saga of his oil painted visions: the Unknown Cities built inside human minds.

Biomorphic architectures sprouting out from apparently dead structures; enigmatic archways leading to darker or brighter alleys crowded with memories or wasted by nihilist premonitions; shimmering staircases introducing to hermetic doors protecting truths inconceivable by rational knowledge; retro-avangardist thresholds inviting to eerie interiors encrusted by ambiguous entities unable to reveal their real nature; dizzy shadows protruding from oceans of silent skyscrapers erected on the uniform oddity of modern-day society. Still bigger and far more frightening than the entire world wide net and any imaginable artificial intelligence, the human brain can unfold never-ending cityscapes where each feeling, emotion, thought, idea and fantasy lives as a tormented inhabitant looking for a way to draw the definitive map of a place without definition (a concept that Fantini started to develop many years before Nolan could give a cinematic rendering of it in his movie - Inception - ).

"The Insomnia of Nimrod" is just one of the most evocative paintings of the many ones Alessandro Fantini worked out during his relentless quest for the cartography of the Unknown.







Thursday, October 13, 2011

SaatchiOnline Showdown competition

I entered the @SaatchiOnline #showdown competition. Please vote for me! http://www.saatchionline.com/showdown/view/showdown/8/artist/8120


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Санкт-Петербург

Санкт-Петербург


Absorbing the delicate strenght of Winged Lions, Saint Petersburg 21-09-2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

NEUMA - The Best AFAN's Film Music


1.Il Dittico delle Delizie
2.Azimut
3.Venere Grave
4.Login Praeneste
5.MDMA
6.Tiranti Transit
7.Le Cornici della Pioggia
8.La strada per Shakti
9.aVoid
10.Colostro
11.Nepente
12.EDOnism
13.Epithell

An anthology of the best AFAN's film music.

Two bonus outtake tracks will be available with the complete album release.

Composed, performed and produced by AFAN Alessandro Fantini.

AFAN Sound 2011


Thursday, May 19, 2011

In the Mist of Future


"Composing music has been and still is an integral element of my expressive multilayered urgence. Even though the most prominent embodiment of my creative identity can be considered the visual language, it's the sonic shape that represents the turbine of its aesthetic engine. Somehow music works as the physiologic solution allowing my artistic projects to achieve their poetic and spiritual lubrication and let them swim in the neverending abyss of human as well as overhuman perceptions.
"In the Mist of Future" is one of my first concept albums I planned and edited keeping in mind the need to translate a specific mood through music, sounds and words. My musical worlds often work as ethereal landscapes where I can place the stories or the visual epiphanies I evoke in different periods of my life by writing novels, shooting movies or painting. It's like taking a journey into unknown lands without boundaries and slowly realizing that they have so many geographic features that you can easily transpose them into a detailed olographic map. Some of the songs contained into this album can be listened like impressionistic insights into well-defined zones of the emotive realm I was exploring six years ago, while others are mainly irrational feedbacks to menacing thoughts experienced during my wandering adventures across a misty continent where humankind is still crawling: its Future".





An illustrated booklet with the lyrics will be available as a bonus item of the full release.

You can listen and buy the whole album at
http://afanalessandrofantini.bandcamp.com
credits

1 - Ouverture
2 - Transeunte 1
3 - Nella bruma del futuro
4 - Transeunte 2
5 - Quasar reveries
6 - Transeunte 3
7 - Coming back to Brandenburg
8- Transeunte 4
9 - Amnihollow
10 -Transeunte 5
11 - Florebit
12 - Transeunte 6
13 - Mistybrain
14 - Transeunte 7
15 - Ab origine


Lyrics and vocals by AFAN Alessandro Fantini.
Keyboards, sound programming, samples and sound editing by AFAN Alessandro
Fantini.

Cover artwork by AFAN Alessandro Fantini.

AFAN Sound 2005

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Epithell main theme




Epithell main theme
Composed, performed and produced by Alessandro Fantini.

The main theme of my new short movie.

Thursday, January 27, 2011


Abbrivio by =AFANTINI on deviantART

Vote it on Saatchi Online Showdown SCOPE New York
http://www.saatchionline.com/showdown/match/showdown/3/artist/8120/art/1188398

Sunday, January 2, 2011