By James Capadona
Welcome, Carlo Fantin, our newest Art Attack artist!
If you were at our Hello City show this past March, you may have seen his beautiful paper-cut rendition of Sanrio's Hello Kitty character, aka Kitty White. His unique perspective, subject matter, and craft is what we were immediately drawn to.
20" x 20"
Carlo currently resides in Oakland, and is originally from Venice, Italy where he spent many Sunday mornings in The Basilica di San Marco. It was there that Carlo was first introduced to artwork of the icons of various saints and the Virgin Mary displayed throughout the cathedral. His fascination between religious worship and contemporary obsessions, led him to reassign the religious devotion—of these figures—to modern fixations.
"Italians venerate an endless numbers of saints and pay special reverence to the Virgin Mary. The devotion to each saint is specific to the type of preoccupation you are afflicted with. In my art, I attempt to capture the similarity between Catholic worship and veneration of religious figures with obsession with social networking and the idolatry of internet popularity. In a way, theorizing that the internet has become our modern-day religion; social networks are our contemporary churches; and internet celebrities have becomes the saints and Virgin Mary of today."
Be sure to check back in as we have a few more of Carlo's works heading our way!
Want to lean more?
Hi-Fructose Magazine, “Carlo Fantin’s New Hand-Cut Paper Works, “U Have 2 Name Him Jesus #Annunciation”” by Caro Buermann, 2015.
The Huffington Post, "Insanely Intricate Hand-Cut Paper Artworks View The Internet As Modern-Day Religion" by Priscilla Frank, 2015.
Furiamag, “INCREÍBLES OBRAS DE PAPEL CORTADO A MANO POR CARLO FANTIN QUE MEZCLAN LA RELIGIÓN Y LAS REDES SOCIALES” by Juan Davis Gomez, 2015.
Designboom, “Hand-cut paper by Carlo Fantin unites religious art + social media culture” by Nina Azzarello, 2015.
Supersonic art, featured artist, January 26th 2015.
Hi-Fructose Magazine, “Carlo Fantin’s Paper-Cut Works Poke Fun at Our Devotion to Social Media” by Nastia Voynovskaya, 2015.
365 Artists 365 Days Project, featured artist for Monday, January 2015.
Quite Lunch Magazine, “Socioreligious” by Akeem K. Duncan, 2015.
East Bay Express, “Getting To Know You” by Sarah Burke, 2014.