This month’s artist is a master of polarity, juxtaposing the warm, familiar aesthetics of Byzantine icon painting against the cold BD/SM couture’s which are often the main affectation of his subjects. He also employs medical devices in these paintings such as forceps, dental tools, pumps, and various other apparatuses; to give the paintings added ornamentation and to “emphasize the function of the body in order to overcome death”. We are therefore left with a finer understanding of the versatility of these implements as bringers of ecstasy or agony (depending upon their application), and how this relates to our own duality.
As a student at the Accademia di Belle Arti he was never one to paint. Focusing his attention instead on photography, cinema, and conceptual art. Once he did begin to delve into the medium of oil painting he shunned the influence of individual artists and movements. Instead he took his inspiration from the broader scope of art history, and his own inner world, in order to leave the originality of his work intact.
His brush delivers parables of both the profound and the profane. As these works emerge from the ephemeral light of your screen, forever arrested in their red lacquer atmospheres, you will quickly realize that both puritan and heathen are equal in the eyes of this artist’s gaze, and he pours his vision onto these wood panels without restriction or compromise. We are very proud to present our May Spotlight artist: Saturno Buttò.
Saturno Buttò Tells His Story
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Camera & Editing: Al Bruni
Music: Violoncello & Voice by Laura Bisceglia
Saturno Buttò, born in Venice in 1957, started his exhibition career in 1993, when he published his first monograph titled "Portrayed from Saturn: 1989-1992". Since then he's exhibited in Italy, Europe and the USA (New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco).
In addition to two other monographs "Works 1993-1999" and "Martyrologium" (2007), the Mondo Bizzarro Gallery in Rome at the recent exhibition has published his latest catalog in chronological order: "Blood is my favorite color" (2012). And "Saturnico", from Core art gallery of Naples. The last book (with works from 2007-2014) is "Brevarium Humanae Redemptionis".
Saturno Buttò's artwork is characterized by a personal, formal interpretation of European sacred art and technical skill, that reminds one of the great masters of our pictorial tradition.
Figurative rituals, tableaux vivants, neo-Gothic altar pieces are the skillful creations with which Butto extracts the fascinating mysteries of an "obscure, dark religion". This concept is brilliantly illustrated by the juxtaposition between the body's innate sensuality and its deeper spirituality. Through illustrating the conflict between eroticism and pain, transgression and rapture, Buttò's valuable paintings on wood examine in depth the strict and conflicting vision of Western religious iconography by comparisons with the body. The body is, on one side exhibited like an object of cult, while simultaneously being denied its value of nascent erotic beauty. It's a fascinating tension that above all exalts the human figure, to the centre of the exhibition.
The human figure, which in Buttò's poem, is constantly represented as sacred, is depicted in its physical and psychological decadence. It is sometimes illustrated by instruments and/or medical tools, that represent human pain on one hand while simultaneously highlighting the will to defeat death in a Utopian way. It also manages to vividly depict the inescapable condition of physical decline, more accurately than ever. This way, a beautiful girl's parade consecrate from a golden halo, as the Byzantine icons, shine from a lively and sensual physicalness, but are hidden from a mysterious demoniac fascination, as if they were wedded in purity to destruction and decay.
2017 "Det Sorte Rum" Midtjyllands Kunst Center - Bryrup, Denmark
2015 "Rosso Saturno" a cura di G.P. Brusca - Galleria Hippocratica - PORDENONE
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A great specter is looming over the art world: the specter of Inter|Sekt. For far too long we have watched the artists of our generation turned into a disposable commodity, bought and sold by the galleries, stifled in their expression by the tastes of the art consultants who purchase pieces on behalf of financially minded clients who want a "solid investment".
They have been amalgamated into schools, said schools are a device of gallerists and art historians to divide and conquer the creatives and free thinkers.
For we live in a nation which thinks itself to be free yet is not, they expect the same of their artists.
Our culture has been raped and plundered by the upper echelon, picked apart and sold by the same greed mongers who claim to be it's patrons. The tool which has most effectively stunted the growth of modern American art in particular is the clever indoctrination of this idea of schools to not only the art student but anyone whom even reads a brief survey of the history of art sees that it is broken up into these categorized schools; the philosophies of these various sects creates conflict, division, and ultimately destruction of the morale and submission to the established order. Thus rendering the creative spirit confused and useless.
This helps curb the rebellious spirit of the average citizen outside of the art world in other spheres of society.
Art history is a lie and galleries are dens of thieves!
Inter|Sekt is not destroying the schools or the galleries, we are simply showing you they were never real, at least not in a world outside of that constructed by academics to sell text books to art students.
The reign of the gallerists and art consultants is over when you want it to be.
From the ashes of the indoctrinated schools of every form of art shall arise The New World Creative.
-Steven Lee Matz-
The inter|sekt manifesto