Every two months BASE houses an artist chosen with Illustri, an association that brings together up-and-coming and established illustrators. Illustrators spend a week with us, staying in casaBASE artist’s residence, working in burò – BASE’s project house – and leading some of campoBASE’s workshop, our school of creative doing. The creative output of the residency becomes the poster for the magazine, distributed free in BASE and in some cultural places in Milan.
ON THE RAY ORANGES DESK
Opening the series was Ray Oranges: we asked him to introduce himself, telling us what’s on his desk and what drives his creative path.
“I was born in Calabria, among large empty spaces that stimulate the imagination. I come from the world of architecture and I still bring attention to the forms. For me, illustration has a material principle. Not surprisingly, I have a wooden block construction on the desk. I like to combine shapes, cuts of light and shadow angles. The Post-it notes I used for this work are the result of this research. For a dynamic and multiform reality as BASE I thought of working with post-it blocks as in a Photoshop file, with all the layers and the addition of shadows. I also brought “Color interaction. Exercises to learn to see” with me: it’s by Albers, one of the Bauhaus giants. A book to keep near the desk and cover often, to remember the effect that color has on people. In headphones I listen to different things, if the delivery is “for yesterday” I go to electronics beautiful ignorant, otherwise space from jazz to Brazilian music. Then there is my agenda, where I write down the sketches but also the advice I ask friends and colleagues. My work has a very solitary part but the external cues always light up new ideas. So share and compare, always. “