The eXTra finGer
...''He was counting on his fingers.One two three four five six seven eight nine ten eleven.Eleven?Had he been born with an extra finger?''...
- Name: Claudio Parentela
- Location: Italy
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
q) Walk us through an intimate day in your life
a)My days are beyond dull, and it would be cruel to run -- much less walk -- anyone through one of them.
q) Where did you grow up/where do you live now and how does that contribute to your art?
a)I was born in Los Angeles and have never been tempted to live anywhere else. I don’t think my immediate environment had much to do with my work; it was more a matter of finding pop culture artifacts from fifty years ago a lot more interesting than the current junk culture, and deciding to use it as a medium.
q) What is your earliest memory that propelled you to create?
a)I can’t remember any specific moment, but it probably had something to do with boredom. That’s my usual motivation for doing anything.
q) Tell us a little bit about your creative process.
a)It’s never particularly well thought out: when I see a piece I like, and it’s affordable, I snag it. When the right head shows up, I start working.
As for the mechanics of making these figures, there’s a step by step breakdown here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.448027921897829.109767.113981955302429&type=3
q) How do you wish for your art to be perceived?
a)Well, I’d like it to be perceived favorably, but ultimately it’s up to the perceptor how they feel about it.
q) What do your internal dialogues sound like?
a)It can be either random mutterings or a monkey house in full frenzy, depending on what kind of day I’m having.
q) Do you feel that there are limitations to what you want to create?
a)Well, yeah. There are certainly technical limitations. But the real limiting factor is how much enthusiasm I have for following through on a given idea.
q) Do you feel art is vital to survival and if so, why?
a)No. Survival is pretty much a bare bones proposition. Stuff like art is a luxury.
q) Describe a world without art.
a)I don’t think that will ever be the case. Somewhere, there will always be a three year old scribbling on a wall with a crayon, and that’s good enough for me.
q) Tell us a secret, and obsession.
q) Where can people see more of your work on the internet?
a)I’ve got a show up now at La Luz de Jesus here in Los Angeles, and it pretty much features everything I’ve done in the last year. Here’s a link to the catalog: http://www.laluzdejesus.com/shows/2013/Mort/Mort2013.htm