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Apparently, another of the hundreds of thousands Italian young people who emigrated to London but wire artist Giacomo Bevanati is a model: “If you believe in yourself, you work hard, you beat your fears, you shut your monsters up and you face the life with all your strengths you can achieve your dreams”. A similar process happens to the materials of his pieces: a metal that with meticulous work acquires a rare and exquisite beauty.
Interview wire artist Giacomo Bevanati:
FG: If you should tell someone the story of your life, from where would you start?
GIACOMO BEVANATI: I would start speaking about the dissatisfaction I had working as an architect in Italy. With a minimum salary and uncertain work stability. This ignites the flame to book a ticket to London. In the beginning, I started to work in a coffee shop to improve my language skills and to become familiar with the city. I never planned on entering the art market and the fashion industry in Italy, that’s why I decided to study architecture because it was a safe creative job. Art does not pay your bill in Italy, but you have the chance to try if you go abroad. The story of this journey started with the courage to go out of my comfort zone.
FG: What did draw you to art and design? If you had not become an artist/designer, what would you have done?
GIACOMO BEVANATI: I come from a family of food merchants, my father opened his business at 17 and then little by little my mother and my brothers were incorporated in the business. What I was meant to do, too but I always had a rebel attitude. I have to say I’m the youngest son. On the other hand, I have always had a big passion for art and design and this explodes at the age of 19. When, thanks to the support of my parents, I decided to enrol at the University of Exhibition Design in Florence. A city that is a reference in the world for art and design.
FG: Main material in your works is steel and brass wire. Is there a particular reason for it being your favourite material?
GIACOMO BEVANATI: Because the idea of using not-noble materials to turn them into bespoke items through its fine style drives me crazy. That’s the main reason. I am so attracted to the shine of the steel with natural light, it takes entirely fascinating reflections and colours so as the brass. But the brass has also another property which is the oxidation process caused by the passing of time, giving to the pieces life through its colour transformation whilst time passes by.
FG: Describe your work in three words.
GIACOMO BEVANATI: Patience, precision, poetry.
FG: What are your creative approach and creation process like? How do creative ideas come to you?
GIACOMO BEVANATI: If creativeness would be a person this will be the most unbearable person in the world.
You look for it and it doesn´t come, then you are walking by the street and suddenly 45789028 million ideas come to your mind and you don´t even have a piece of paper to write them down nor time to process them. I am not sure how to answer this question, I have been questioned before about how is my creative art process and honestly I have no idea. It´s something that directly comes to my mind without any reason nor politeness.
FG: Can you mention an artist, artwork or series of art projects that particularly influenced/inspired you in your work as an artist?
GIACOMO BEVANATI: Definitely I belong and I am devoted to the surrealism. René Magritte is my biggest reference. My Little tribute to him comes from the idea of some pieces he made covering the face of the people but putting on the table the personality they had. I follow this line with my art. The masks, the hats, the jewels, are semi-transparent disguising the personality of the person is going to wear it.
FG: Which is the most provocative/courageous/original action you made as an artist/designer?
Provocative: To be and believe in myself.
Courageous: To be and believe in myself.
Original: To be and believe in myself.
FG: What is the best advice you got as an artist/designer?
GIACOMO BEVANATI: When I am worried and I am overthinking, Carlos, a Spanish guy I share the flat with, use to say: “Giacomo, occupy yourself. To be preoccupied is what is happening before to be occupied”. And it´s true. Sometimes I am in front of a piece and I am clogged to see how I am going to continue. But as much close I am to the critic point of the piece I gain more and more confidence in myself to face those critical moments.
FG: Do you have a favourite quote or motto you often think about?
GIACOMO BEVANATI: “I think there´s beauty in everything. Whilst regular people think that something is ugly I can usually see something of beauty in it” – Alexander McQueen
I like this quote apart of because Alexander McQueen is one of my idols. Because it´s like the material I use. It´s not beautiful when you see the coil of wire but then you give love to it and care and it suddenly becomes elegant and precious.
FG: When you work, do you prefer silence or listening to music? Which one?
GIACOMO BEVANATI: I like to listen to the sounds that come from the street below.
The window where I work faces to a street that in the morning hosts a market until 4 o’clock and in the evening is full of tourists groups doing Jack the Ripper´s tour, and in the night you can listen to the rumour of the people who walk to the bars around. If you consider that as silence I definitely prefer it. Sometimes I listen to music, though. Accordingly to the mood. Bonobo, Portishead, Bjork, Yann Tiersen, those are my favourites.
FG: What are your future projects? What are you working on at the moment?
GIACOMO BEVANATI: I have a lot of ongoing projects at this moment. I am preparing new pieces for the Autumn – Winter season that will start in September with an Exhibition in Hong Kong, another one in New York than in October and also a couple of art and design fairs that use to happen in London in late September. Another exciting aspect of this job is that you never know if you finally are going to exhibit until you are there with your pieces whilst in the meantime collaborations and more projects are popping up in the last minute.
Courtesy pics by Irina Mattioli, Mirco Baccaille, Giordano Fetto e Genesio De Rosa
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