Landescape Art Review - November 2013 - Special Issue

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Giorgio Garippa

An interview with

Giorgio Garippa Hello Giorgio and welcome to LandEscape. I would start this interview with my usual ice breaker question: what in your opinion defines a work of Art? And moreover, what could be the features that mark the contemporariness of an artwork?

What is an art work… interesting! Amongst critics and scholars there is a (almost) consensus of what defines it – the process, the aesthetic, the meaning, Ultimately, it depends on the individual that views / experiences the “art”. To me, it is the element of originality and experimentation of the work that sets it aside from other forms of expression. The contemporariness of an artwork is harder. It is probably less hard to define but harder to see. It is the avant-garde… the ones (works) that see before everyone else does, and because of that are often not recognized as such and fade until a time where people are able to truly get what the artist means. anthe interview with It’s art that manages to ally the internal with the external, truly representing their reaction to the now, whether these are changes in society relationships with individuals, technology or ideas. In a certain way it is a contradiction of terms… By the time it is recognized as relevant, pioneer, contemporaneous, it still is due to the complexity of the layers and the eternal relevance and pungency, but it is no longer the immediate reflection of the contemporary times. There are obvious exceptions to this recognition though…

Giorgio Garippa

the empty commercial trains that arrived during the night to look inside, to feel them, I wanted to be part of that train. I grow up in the Island of Sardinia (Italy), in the city of Oristano, close to the train station in the city suburbs (no more then a small town really), close to the sea and the countryside. I used to spend my time wandering the countryside or enjoying the white sand and the green waters that the seaside offers.

Would you like to tell us something about your background? You hold a MA in Fine art, that you have received from the CCW Wimbledon College of art, University of the arts London: how has the experience of formal training impacted on the way you produce your artworks? By the way, I often ask to myself if a certain kind of training could even stifle a young artist's creativity: what's your point about this?

Unfortunately, I become an orphan at a very young age (of both parents). My grandparents took me (and my siblings) in to their care for a few years, as I was only three years old. My grandfather was

In my childhood during the summer (very hot and dry), I used to stare in front of the train station during the night. Many times in the day I used to go inside 48

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