Once every two months BASE hosts an artist selected along with Illustri association of well-established and up-and-coming illustrators. The artist will be staying for an entire week with us hosted at casaBASE . It will also be speakers at campoBASE workshops, our school of creative making.
The illustration project will be printed on BASE magazine, a free press review issued at BASE and in Milan key cultural places.
Our guest is Francesco Bongiorni. We asked him to give a presentation of his work and tell us what is that inspires him the most thought the storytelling of key objects.
Inside my “Box of Wonders” I have a ruler. In my opinion a line has to be straighter in a drawing than in the reality. I keep chasing fusion in order to make the concept emerge. Nonetheless straight lines sometimes need to be twisted so as to remind ourselves not to always be a “good boy” and chase new way of thinking.
I always take with me a souvenir from the Death Vally where I discovered a theatre and residential project born during the 1960s from an idea of Marta Becket, that has transformed an outlying place in the desert into a pioneer project for artists. In my opinion it represents the key role of exploration and the importance of knowing how to look at things in order to enjoy new places and let ourselves be guided by symbols.
In my box I keep a boxing mouthguard because it’s important to defend. The first you learn in my profession is to avoid a stinging blow, keeping distance and abide by the requests we receive. I think we have to be aware of the value of our work and make it worth.
I’ve also find again an old card deck similar to Magic that I had created myself when I was at secondary school. It reminds me to approach the illustrations as I would play a game, but it also refers to my attention for details. The deck has a black and white design that borrows its style from incision, which is for me the most inspiring expression of art because it’s descriptive and it is used for storytelling. That’s what I’m doing since I was a child: tell stories through illustrations.
But the most important foundation of my imagination is family. My grandfather passed on to me the passion and courage to think about art as a proper job. I’ve taken with me a few wood sculptures that he use to carve and that I still see in flea markets. His carving also appeared in US movies such as Edward Scissorhands and When Harry Met Sally.