ARTPOPCLASSIC captures the main characteristic of Battaglini’s work, specifically the inclusion of elements drawn from classic art alongside elements drawn from Pop art – an inter-textual puzzle rich with references.
Here we see classic works of art transported to the present day, re-contextualized in a contemporary artistic and social setting where new messages are sent that require the cooperation of the receiver. For more of his works, visit his website www.marcobattaglini.com and check the interview below.
Without a doubt, the work of Marco Battaglini (Verona, Italy, 1969) echoes the anxiety inherent in Western society during the 21st century. This artist’s work confronts us with an esthetic shock, a style charged with eclecticism and a touch of humor that brings a smile to the spectator’s face while begging questions about the dogma that underlies current artistic and social scenes.
What made you want to become an artist?
I always loved art. I am the son of artists and all my studies have been in the Arts.
What was your favourite project and why?
I identify with the project ARTPOPCLASSIC® because I feel that is able to provoke a thought out of plato’s cave…
Through a subtle interplay of multiple realities overlapping in the chronotope, ARTPOPCLASSIC® evidences the contradictions in mental models about the temporal contrast (chronological), and the cultural and linguistic barriers. Compositions which at first seem ‘logicals’, immediately reveal temporal and spatial limitations that are disruptive in the interpretation of reality.
ARTPOPCLASSIC® invites us to think that in today’s global village, with the ‘democratization’ of culture, the evolution of knowledge, information immediacy, immersed in the heterogeneity, the Patchwork Culture forces us to confront with a need
understanding beyond our geographical boundaries of time.
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
The Director of my own Movie!
Whom do you look up to?
People with a great vision, determination and willpower, whose imagination can give a great contribution to humanity.
Who or what has been the biggest influence on your way of thinking?
I’ve definitely had very many influences … I think even my love for many Art Movements and Arts in all its forms, has led to the creation of ARTPOPCLASSIC®, that mixture of styles from different aesthetic concepts…
All images © Marco Battaglini