In the work of Davide Quayola, what counts above all is the exploration of the rapport between the real and the artificial, the abstract and the figurative, the new and the old. To accomplish this, the 29-year-old London-based artist relies equally on photography, digital sculpture, immersive audiovisual installations and performances.
What does the notion of control, of striving for excellence mean to you as an artist?
Art for me is about excellence. I’m interested in the study, manipulation and re-interpretation of the world around us, focusing specifically on icons of perfection. The notions of control and excellence are key elements of my work. I strive to understand my subjects quite deeply, to understand the rules that define their visual and spatial characteristics. Then I re-assemble them starting from these very same rules.
Do you think one day you’ll achieve total mastery?
I think that neither full control nor utter perfection can ever be reached. I like the idea of always trying to do better: to never reach the pinnacle of excellence is a good way to evolve.