EDITOR'S NOTE: "SOLOMOSTRY" IS THE ITALIAN TRANSLATION FOR "MONSTERS ONLY" IN ENGLISH
INTRODUCE YOURSELF, WHAT'S YOUR BACKGROUND?
SOLOMOSTRY. Born in 1988. Graduated in graphic design and art direction. Screen printer and multidisciplinary artist based in Milan.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE THE ARTISTIC PATH THAT BROUGHT YOU TO CONCEIVE THE "MONSTERS", YOUR SIGNATURE WORK AT THE MOMENT?
The monsters come to life by night, accompanied by techno sounds they take possession of the people who wants to stay awake forever. The monsters are generated by those emotions that you can't control, that transform you giving vent to your real inner side. The monsters are the identity that stay hidden by day but gets revealed by night
THE MONSTERS OFTEN EMANATE AGGRESSIVITY, IS IT A FEELING THAT IS PRESENT OR THAT YOU THINK OF WHILE CREATING?
The monster are aggressive because they always want to conquer more space. They don't wait to be look at but take your attention.
WHAT DO YOU TRY TO AROUSE IN THE SPECTATOR? AWE, FEAR, ATTRACTION...
It all depends on who is watching, some people are scared and some are fascinated. It's up to your inner monster to decide if being part of it or fear it.
YOUR ARTWORKS SEEMS ABSTRACT AND FIGURATIVE AT THE SAME TIME. HOW MUCH OF IT IS CALCULATED AND HOW MUCH IS IMPROVISED? DO YOU THINK SPONTANEITY IS IMPORTANT?
I don't think you can achieve pure results with calculated decisions. The only think I decide is the stroke that will generate the monsters but, in the end, its all about them appearing to me.
YOU HAD A SOLO SHOW IN BERLIN RECENTLY. HOW WAS IT?
C41 Magazine gave my monsters the opportunity to get free on different media, it might have been the most complete show I did so far. Berlin is one of those cities where my monsters are more free to express themselves, since night often take part to the day without stopping.
DID YOU MANAGE TO FIND THE TIME TO LEAVE YOUR MARK?
Yes, a little bit but Berlin is too big to leave your mark in a couple of days.
IT WAS NOT YOUR FIRST TIME ABROAD, ARE YOU NOTICING A DIFFERENT FEEDBACK THAN THE ONE YOU GET IN ITALY?
My monsters are stronger in Italy because it's their home and they are helped by our allies. Thanks to "The Don Gallery" I exhibited at the first Urvanity Art in Madrid and feedbacks were very positive. Spain is a country where I spent a lot of time, it always seemed very open minded and cozy. People have no taboo and love the night, that's why I think that my monsters are always welcomed there.
WALL OR CANVAS? WHY?
I always preferred the walls because they reach a larger public, everyone can see them. I like to free my monsters in abandonment and degradation places but a the same time, with canvases, I can bring the crude imagery I always used in candid situations and see what happens.
YOU LIKE TO EXPRESS YOUR ART THROUGH DIFFERENT MEDIA, FROM PAINTING TO CLOTHES AND ALSO TATTOOS. DO YOU THINK IT'S REDUCTIVE TO APPLY YOUR WORK TO JUST A SINGLE WAY OF COMMUNICATION OR YOU DO IT FOR THE VERSATILITY?
I don't think there is just a single elitist medium in what I do. The versatility of my work is given by the aim to never stop.
Taking always more space.