Damiano Spelta’s work is conceived in an articulated artistic way, an art that first of all has to be an idea and consequently a functional piece, assemblages, design, airbrush paintings on surfaces of all kind, boat shells, helmets, cars and more. His art is inspired by the ideology of Dadaism and can be considered as pertaining to Pop Art for its unholy irony. It doesn’t want to be a part of a simple classification in readymade trends or canonic values, but rather a recognition of the numerous and multifaceted skills of an artist, who wishes to play with objects and transform the obvious into something unexpected, which is rooted in a reflection on contemporaneousness as the only dimension of thought.
Experimenting with materials and techniques, his art and design blend without conformism; he draws his inspiration from his reflection about the contemporary world and its contradictions.
Whether it is a painting or a piece of design, often of considerable size, the artist confronts us with our obsessions, our weaknesses, our manias of identifiable status and symbols that project who “we would like to be” rather than who we really are.
The wise mix of components used with refined skills play with the colours that constitute the frame for what the artist calls “assemblage raffinè”, for pieces of art that illustrate a philosophy which is both snappy and benevolent, for a representation of a chaotic world seen with through the eyes of a child, but also expressing hedonistic pleasure that seems to pervade our daily lives.
text by Susanne Capolongo