Artistic statement

I came to art only in my late 30s after a long period of studies at a PhD level and work experiences in different fields. I have not attended any art academies or art schools, I have learned and keep learning everything by doing. I consider myself a “multidisciplinary artist” (or rather: “conceptual”?) in the sense that I don’t have a privileged medium. In my work, I start from an intuition triggered by a material, an image, an object, something that hits my mind without any apparent reason. Then I almost volutarely forget it in order to trigger the most primitive part of my brain. Then an idea emerges, I process it into a concept, a shape configures suggesting me the most effective medium.

So I have no preclusions of techniques or materials, nor of topics to be addressed, but I do care about death, sex, the media environment we live in. I like to combine the sacred and the profane, the archaic with current scenarios. In my cosmological vision of space-time: everything has been around forever. Hence I envision the Universe to be caused by its own future so I like to see the Nature, as the final state of highest Technology more than the precondition for technology to appear on a random planet by an intelligent species. We are destined (self-designed?) to become the gods we’ve been looking up to thorough history which will ultimately conflate immanently within the Whole. I keep it in mind.

I always try to generate an amazement experience in myself and in the audience trough multilayered artworks trying to enable the audience to think, enjoy and get moved: that’s for me the essence of the aesthetic experience. I often use a sense of irony to convey deep or complex meanings: I love to provoke a thought by a laughter. I love to ideally address a (inner) child. The fields of research that excite me the most, both philosophically and artistically, are AI, SETI, CRISPR and how our identities refer and module to them. We are in the midst of a giant anthropological and evolutionary leap: the augmented civilization. The future is sexy, we ought to provoke it. And these are indeed “interesting times”: scary, exiting, accelerated. They need to be narrated, imagined, reflected, expressed.

Ultimately I do art because it allows me to communicate in a very synthetic way what I have always addressed analytically (in my philosophical studies). It allows me to speak the language of the unconscious, pre-reflective, pre-verbal, universal; to transfer and embody “affects, percepts and concepts” (Deleuze) into something tangible and breathable; to create original blocks of space-time and communicate via allegories and metonymies, to the guts and to the mind, in an infinitely free field where rigorously applying the measures, the balances, and the subtle proportions of sensibility: colours, sounds, images, volumes, figure and background, text and context.
– TF20xx



– J. Locke