Paolo+Pedini


When viewers look at my work I want them to be inspired by what they see. I want to build bridges between art and design, and not be hesitant to explore the similarities that exist between the two disciplines. There are principles that art and design share, such as color, shape, texture, lighting, balance symmetry, and composition. I am very aware of those similarities and nuances. Primary colors show through in my work often; colors like red, yellow and blue are the colors that most people start with in life in the form of children's toys or coloring crayons. I juxtapose these colors to create agitation in order to grab viewers’ attention.

Utilizing ambiguity is very important to me. I strive to create areas and space for viewers to explore and form views about what they see. This interaction is very important to a great piece of art. Readers bring their own personal imagery to the story and create a personal interaction. Compositions that contain symbols or words are very appealing to me. I find visual lyrics in patterns that contain typography. Visual and lyrical patterns are everywhere in the physical world of design.

It is my intention to create balance between art and graphic design. I feel that I can achieve this balance by taking the fundamentals of each discipline and combining them in fresh ways. I like to work with found objects in a way as to transform what may have been regarded as waste into something new and cherished. In an expanding world of waste and vast commercialization, the byproducts of consumerism are filling dumps and landfills more and more every second. I appreciate the trend started in the 20th century by avant garde artists and modernists to use found objects as a new medium for carrying visual expression. Found objects and recycled materials present new and exciting challenges for me to explore.

There are histories that have been recorded on such materials as wood, metal and plastic that show the passage of time. This recorded history can take place on a scrap of wood through layers of paint that have been applied consecutively over many years and then erosion takes place. These types of surfaces are of great interest to me and my work because they are unexpected and unique and help build the bridge between art and design.

My works can be viewed at my website. (http://www.paolopedini.com)

© Paolo Pedini, 2009