On April 24th Fellini Gallery is opening the exhibition “Captured Nature.” The theme of the show focuses on each individual’s critical perspective arising from and reflecting on the experience of natural surroundings. William Blake observed: “If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.” The works selected for this exhibition demonstrate the artist as active perceiver, entwined in a role played by the body as catalyst for perception. The reflections of self entail a totality not merely about that which is inside the skin, but an integrated total environment. “If we don’t experience ourselves in this way, we mistreat our environment. We treat it as an enemy. We try to beat it into submission, and if we do that comes disaster,” already warned Alan Watts. The visitors of the exhibition are invited to decide these questions for themselves.
S2S met up with Stefano Bosis who is one of the seven contemporary artists exhibiting his work within the exhibition “Captured Nature.”
S2S: How would you personally define your artwork?
Stefano Bosis: I would define my work as “my work.” Since mankind has learnt to speak we have categorized things. Everything has to be classified and defined, because humans want to have control over things. This impression of potentially understanding something is circumcised by the impossibility of actually understanding everything evolving around us, which causes humans to create names and definitions. Humans started to share the planet with other men who spoke other languages which led to a big problem: language barriers. The only solution to this problem was discovered by writers, who happily created and translated names and definitions. As time passed the translation process became more and more difficult, due to the larger names and fixed definitions that were starting to exist. Each new discovery, every new thing around mankind was classified and defined. The translation work became so difficult that it caused the writers to split. The writers who were translating and forging new names and definitions set the groundwork for what we today consider the Philosophy of Language while other writers from that era returned to poetry. This created a problem for society in general because people were no longer able to differentiate between a writer and a poet. To define a dress mingling the colors red and blue, the writer would write: “a violet dress” while the poet wrote “a dress of violets “(flowers). People were really confused because they were not able to categorize like before. Of course the words remained the same but they weren’t being used in the essential ways they used to be. There is an ancient Greek Saga: Parmenides arrived by ship, went upon a hill and proclaimed with a megaphone: keep calm, as names and definitions are nothing else than the manifestation of multiplicity of the reality that we perceive, just like the appearance of an object or a being.
S2S: You want your audience to interact with your art and ponder on the meaning, in reference to Huxley, Blake and Watts. What do these quotes mean to you?
Stefano Bosis: The first time I encountered Huxley, I was with Blake and Watts at a concert of The Doors in Italy near Milano. We had a lot of fun. We talked a lot about Krishnamurti’s teachings and how mankind interacts with reality. At that time, everybody except for me was convinced that there are other dimensions than the ones we live in, but we cannot perceive them naturally. Our survival instincts gets in the way. I agreed with them and with the quotes they wrote but I am even convinced now, more than ever, that we create our reality with our own thoughts. Or even better, it seems as if we are in the middle of a giant myriad of information and our minds start building some kind of sun glasses to filter out everything that is not concerned with survival and with the rules of our modern big tribe. I am trying to explain this with the visions that Blake always had. He just broke a part of the sunglasses allowing him to see things he could not see before.
So I would like the audience to come to the exhibition without sunglasses but I know it will be impossible because it would be like asking them to come without thinking.
S2S: What can your audience expect from the exhibition?
Stefano Bosis: I think people expect to relax and enjoy discovering something, so putting it in one word: play. This is what I expect when I go to an exhibition.
S2S: How do you perceive your environment? How did this perception have an impact on your artwork?
Stefano Bosis: I perceive the environment as a fish perceives his sea. This has of course had a big impact on me. Fortunately, traveling changed my views just as oceans have done. This has allowed me to discover new colors and of course new sunglasses.
S2S: What reactions are you hoping for from this show?
Stefano Bosis: Well, I would like to surprise. Because surprise is a concept I have always loved. But unfortunately people have become so familiar and used to everything due to a steady flow of information. Even if you were to see an alien near you it probably wouldn’t catch you by surprise. The establishment of habits is to me one of the greatest dangers. Habits create walls, indifference – that to me is synonymous with death. But to be honest, I hadn’t thought about the reaction of the audience before your question.
S2S: What connection do you have to the other six artists? How did you all come together on the given theme?
Stefano Bosis: We met here in this crazy city. We all got to know each other here. Emiliano, Luis and Winston have become very close friends. I am happy to collaborate with them here, where the only family is the family of friends.
S2S: Has the city Berlin influenced you as an artist?
Stefano Bosis: Yes indeed, I thank Berlin every morning.
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