Wednesday, October 4, 2017

One more for the road


This is the first of my 4 handmade artworks submitted to the Talenthouse "Blade Runner 2049" contest. Ridley Scott and a Warner Bros jury selected the best five artworks inspired by the upcoming sequel directed by Denis Villeneuve, starring Harrison Ford reprising his role as Deckard and Ryan Gosling as a rookie Blade Runner.

 I think the high secrecy enveloping the plot of the movie has made harder for the partecipants to figure out a relevant visual concept. That's why I've created a more surreal yet plausible image by using the Deckard's jukebox (shown in an early featurette) projecting the holographic faces of the actors around the "mnemonic" globe, hinting at the "musical" enigma of reality and memory. I still don't know if the fact an awful child scribble on Talenthouse got more support than this and the other 3 artworks is an amusing or depressing statement about the perception of art and creativity on line.

 Moreover, having just seen the winners of the Talenthouse contest, I've realized that joining this kind of "competitions" has no point at all (beside getting the chance to figure out some new specific movie-based art). 

All the art contests with money reward that I've joined over the years were won by friends or relatives of the jury (that's how it generally works in Italy, where you have to make sure to have the right affiliations even before starting to dream about becoming an artist).

Anyway, I'm glad that at least an oil painting has been selected (that one by the talented Nicky Barkla)

My personal reward is that no artist have thought about using the holographic jukebox as a way to "symbolize" and provide a conceptual frame to the traditonal composition of "actors faces" in order to underline the ambiguity between artificial and real. Indeed, despite the technical skills, the winners look like "replicants"of the same poster pattern.

No doubt it has been a very tough job for the jury to select only 5 works from the sheer amount of excellent submissions. Nevertheless the lack of variety in visual ideas makes you think that the rules of the contest should have clarified that they just wanted "alternative posters featuring the actors" (possibly made with vexel art by Philippine designers, that's a more elegant way to call photomanipulation) instead of "artworks inspired by", a word that defines a far more creative and open-minded approach than simply re-assembling photobased faces with glaring neon-like colors.

Well, at least I know that I've spent 8 days on a real rough canvas with real brushes painting with real greasy oil colors watching it with my real eyes. 

As Deckard says in the new movie"I know what's real!" (am I a Nexus 7?). 

Checked and cleared! Have a better one!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Gorgonia is here


Gorgonia (2017) 

Into and beyond the deep of pleasure. 

A concept album conceived and composed by Alessandro Fantini. 

There's a troubled road leading to katastematic pleasure, a permanent state of spiritual well-being beyond the mercurial pleasures of physical world.

 Composed, performed, mixed and produced by Alessandro Fantini. 


©Copyright secured by Soundreef (2017)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Is this the Art world we really want?

When I saw the cover art of the new Roger Waters album "Is this the life we really want?" I was absolutely sure it was credited to or at least inspired by Emilio Isgrò, a famous conceptual artist who started developing his "cancelation" concept since the early '60, long before Syd Barrett founded Pink Floyd. Instead, it seems Waters was unaware of him or maybe his creative staff forgot to acknowledge him in the album credits. Isgrò has been able to  report the plagiarism few days after the official release date and to stop the album distribution in Italy mainly thanks to the fact he's a world-wide renowned artist represented by several galleries around the globe.

However, I think my case is even worse: in 2008 the image of an oil painting I created and released on the web in 2006 for the 30th anniversary of Jean-Michel Jarre album "Oxygene" has been "stolen" by an illegal Russian label called "Star Mark" to be printed without my name as the cover art of an unoffficial greatest hits that's still on sale on many music stores. So far, I haven't been able to denounce them since the label hasn't an official address and no one suppported me in reporting this case of intellectual property right abuse. Jarre himself, who's the president of CISAC , the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, hasn't stated anything yet about this case directly linked to his music (last year I've even managed to personally give him my artbook containing that painting). 

  My artwork has been released for the first time on line in 2006 by the webmaster Duncan Walls on the JarreUk website as a tribute to the 30th anniversary of Jarre's "Oxygene" album and the "Water for life" concert held by Jarre in December amidst the dunes of the Sahara desert at Merzouga, Morocco .
Soon after in 2007 it has been featured as an animated video on my own Youtube channel:
The original artwork has been exhibited for the first time at the London Brick Lane gallery during October 2007.
It has been included in my first color artbook "The Sinovial Gaze - The art of Alessandro Fantini" released in 2008.

Isgrò didn't need the support of CISAC as he's already wealthy and famous enough to sue anyone attempting to damage his intellectual property. His case can be considered the tragic proof that if you're a talented young artist (looking for being credited as such) but unable to pay lawyers or without influential friends you're doomed to be (metaphorically) raped and mocked by the commercial system. How can I encourage emerging artists to post their works on the web if someone like me, after releasing a sheer amount of artworks, books, videos and music is still struggling to be protected and treated with respect?
Is this the Art World we really want?

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Gorgonia - Into and beyond the deep of pleasure


Gorgonia (2017)
Into and beyond the deep of pleasure. 
Available now on Spotify.

A concept album conceived and composed by Alessandro Fantini.

There's a troubled road leading to katastematic pleasure, a permanent state of spiritual well-being beyond the mercurial pleasures of physical world.

Composed, performed, mixed and produced by Alessandro Fantini.
©Copyright secured by Soundreef (2017)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Reminiscing the floating world: about EDOnism and a giant catfish

Edonism is the tragic story of James Hallway, an English businessman from the UK who comes to Tokyo looking to fulfill his dreams and lead a peaceful life with his beautiful wife, Sophie. Instead he finds toil, torment and alcoholism. Unable to bear his descent into self-destruction, Sophie leaves, abandoning him to his downward spiral into the gutter. Day by day, his reality is consumed by hallucinations and weird perceptions. Once things can’t get any worse, he falls into a coma.
When he awakens from the coma, he begins to learn some terrifying truths about his condition and his connection to a long-forgotten legend from ancient Japan. Together with the resourceful Dr Geena Landlord he attempts a desperate quest of discovery that leads them both to the very heart of a conspiracy involving a secret government order and the enigmatic being known as the The Cat Fish. 

The sci-fi mystery movie "EDOnism" filmed in Tokyo, directed, written, edited by Alessandro Fantini and produced by Lorenzo Fantini in 2010, had its Italian premiere at the first edition of "La Selva Nera" international film festival in Selvazzano Dentro, Padua, founded and directed by film critic Massimo Bezzati and filmmaker-writer Stefano Bovi.

 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 during his latest stay in Italy in 2009, 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.
EDOnism FB page:

Director, editor, animator, screenwriter, co-producer and soundtrack composer: AFan Alessandro Fantini
Producer, art director, co-writer, casting director and location manager: Lorenzo Fantini
Line producer: Miles Elliott
Assistant producer: Lucy King
Post production supervisor: Nate Jensen
Make up artist: Kana Yoshida
Cast: Sacha Mühlebach, Helene Salvini Fujita, Hiro Super, Lucy King, Lorenzo Fantini, Kyle H., Nate Jensen, Tony Evans, Alessandro Fantini, Cyrus Malekani.

Genre: Sci-fi thriller, drama, adventure
Shooting format: HDV
Runtime: 65 min.
Country: Italy, Japan
Language: English
Filming locations: Tokyo
Release date: June 2010