Artist of the Day / Claudio Parentela / Italy

I love the extravagance and exuberance of Claudio’s work.  He also gets my Special Award for the Most Annoying Website I’ve seen, or ever hope to!

Born in Catanzaro(1962-Italy) where he lives and works…Claudio Parentela is an illustrator,painter,photographer,mail artist,cartoonist,collagist,journalist free lance…Active since many years in the international underground scene.

“He has collaborated&he collaborates with many,many zines,magazines of contemporary art,literary and of comics in Italy and in the world.”

http://www.claudioparentela.net

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About destructivetesting

I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures. DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
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