GO: I think good art makes a person feel individual and conscious, and there is awareness in the moment of the contact with art. I don’t think art is to make people feel they are a mass, entertained by some spectacle. A good work of art is making that person feel aware of their individuality in that moment of concentration and awareness. It is not about entertaining or mesmerising anybody. I like to think that every piece I do, it needs concentration to be understood, to see it clearly, to understand what is behind the gesture in my work that sometimes looks too easy or banal.
Okay. Good. I can see you now. So these are the black and white images?
F1: Yes, the model draft.
GO: Symmetry is important to me. I like to explore this notion of symmetry in general, in my work is everywhere. The idea that you have a line of transit, you establish a kind of symmetrical displacement in reality and how the body acts symmetrically and asymmetrically at the same time.
Okay, I want to ask you something crazy – I don’t know. Can you insert a dot in between every dot?
F1: Oh my God! [Laughs]
GO: Don’t be lazy. How many dots do you think we have here?
GO: Generally my work is not about showing off a kind of high level of technology or production, it is more to showing that you can have some strong experience that has some impact without showing off your production skills.
GO: In the black and white, for example, we are trying to make one layer, just one layer, there’s just one colour. We are using red now, and I think it is looking, actually looking very bad.
Yeah, I can see you are nervous because you have a camera crew here. I know, it is very hard to work under pressure.
In terms of my photographs, I like the idea that when they see a lot of my photographs they start to see things in reality connected to those photographs; so those photographs they give the information, and point to things that then people start to discover themselves in the street; and that is very important, I think. That is the most important thing, that through the work you can help people enjoy reality and life with more intensity.
I mean, I think my work is both normally silly and serious. I think that, yeah, it can be perceived as a kind of joke. Yeah, I am a serious artist.
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