CRISTIAN GROSSI / GO FIGURE / POSTER
My work is kitsch and I like that it is a little insecure, for me illustration is the right combination of spontaneity and dedication. I drew a lot at High School, especially during History lessons, I think because of the Etruscans, now I’m happy they were so boring. I used to read manga art books and copy the figures, especially the female nudes which I drew by request on the diary’s of my classmates.
Someone told me a great illustrator should have his own style, very recognisable, I don’t care so much for this theory, I try to explore something new each time I get a job however small a thing it is.
There is an interesting conflict between art and craft. It’s the thing I like in this work, the absolute non-logical but rigorous technique behind it. You must know and understand all the rules to destroy them in the creative process. I think in my field, when you obtain total abstraction whilst maintaining the communication impact, this is a kind of poetry. The abstraction is to make metaphors with the lines and colours. In semiotics, the medium is the message, in Illustration the first medium is not the paper or the pencil but the illustrator himself.
Poster design by Slashstroke Magazine as part of the G0 Figure publication that accompanies the show.