Corn 79 [Italy]

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We would like to thank you for giving us the opportunity to have this interview with you, and are so happy to have you with us.

Shall we start?

When did it all begin? And how did you first become interested in Street Art & Graffiti?

It all began in 1996 looking at some tags around my city, this pushed me to do the same. At that period I knew nothing about all the graffiti movement, than I looked at my first graffiti fanzine and suddenly all become a piece of my life, new friends, and hundreds of great adventures. I left the classical graffiti route and starting experimenting with massive abstract geometry murals in 2010.

What’s CORN79?

An urban artist, a person interested in public expression who have dedicated a great part of his life at graffiti and muralism, even organizing a lot of festival and events about this movements (such as Picturin or Street Attitudes…)

Which artist/s influenced you?

There’s to much people…I take a lot from graffiti, contemporary muralism and abstract and geometric contemporary artists…But even from visionary and psychedelic art. I’m trying to mix chaotic and psychedelic aesthetics with optical and geometric shapes, figuring chaos and order, gettin’ inspired by the infinite natural landscapes (the unknown space, or the smaller thing and relationship inside our body or brain…)

What style your work focus on?

I should call it Abstract Geometric Minimal Psychedelic, eheheh

Are there any particular cultures that have influence your artwork?

The graffiti culture for first, than all the psychedelic movement (music an visionary art).

What is the source of your inspiration these days?

Everything that I feel like beautiful and everything that hurts me, nothing specific, it should be a wall like an incredible natural place, such as a good lucid dream…

What is the riskiest thing you have ever done?

I should say painting hundreds of train in the first period of my carrier during the nineties, but at the end the major risk are always painting big walls with scrap ladders…

Are you generally satisfied with your finished piece?

Not at all…

Do you listen to music while working? Or you need a quite environment?

I NEED music, is one of my deepest source of inspiration.

Where your work is usually located?

In public spaces.

Do you find it difficult to do your work in the streets?

No, but it depends by the places…

Have you ever had any problems with authority cause of your work?

Yes, but many years ago.

Do you have a formal art education?

Not technical, just theoretical, I’ve studied art, music and show at the university.

If YES! Do you feel that you benefited from it?

Yes for sure

Would you rather paint alone? Or do you prefer collaborate with others?

I prefer goin’ painting with friends and doing collaborative pieces, even if the result is not always good…

Have you every collaborated with other artists?

I’ve done hundreds of collaborations on wall and on canvas or paper, my latest exhibition project is called “Hybrids” and the concept was doing only pieces with other artists.

What do you see as the future of  Street art / graffiti ?

In the latest years it is really exploded, so in the future I’ll see a lot of artists and not enough space for everyone, like all the problems in our world…

How do you feel about photographers / bloggers in the scene?

They’re documenting the future history, many times is more important to document existing artworks than to create some new…

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