With Aurelio Monge

Dioniso by Aurelio Monge

fA4M Mag interviews Aurelio Monge.

FA4M: Why are you a photographer?

AM: After 20 years of working as photographer, I needed to explore my own ideas and my own creativity – for passion and not for work.  My art helps me feel realized.

FA4M: How long have you been producing your work?

AM:I have now been producing art photography for the last 4 years, in particular, my series Academics.

FA4M: How do you select the subjects of your work?

AM: I love Art and the master pieces of the Great Painters so, after years visiting museums, reading and observing, I have had a question in mind: if Caravaggio was born in 20th century, what if he used a camera instead of a brush? Why not try? Additionally, many of the great works that inspire my Academics series have been forgotten, almost forbidden. It’s time to take a look to our past, to the origins of our culture, our heroes, myths, and to rediscover the evolution of Art. My vision of the Renaissance and Baroque artworks is a means to explore my own past, my own culture, myself, who I am.

FA4M: Besides Caravaggio, who are your favorite artists?

AM: I love chiaroscuro so that is the reason I love, besides Caravaggio, Velazquez,  Ribera, Tiziano, etc, the Great Painters of the Renaissance and Baroque.

FA4M:  How do you describe your work?

AM: I try not to describe what I do. Let’s leave others to describe it.

FA4M: What is the most satisfying moment of your production process?

AM: Definitely that moment at the studio, with the correct model, the correct pose, expression and most of all the control of the light, where I can “preview” and imagine the ending artwork once it has been processed. It’s a magical moment because in my mind I can see the final artwork and the experience is so satisfying.

FA4M: What are some of the challenges of your process?

AM: To control and catch the light, especially because I am used to working with a very poor light, only 6W of continuous LED light.

FA4M: What is beauty?

AM: Beauty is anything that is able to transmit peace to the spirit.

FA4M: What is erotic?

AM: Erotic is anything that is able to excite the senses.

FA4M: If beauty transmits peace to the spirit and the erotic excites the senses, are the two conditions mutually exclusive for you?  Can something be erotic and beautiful?

AM: Sometimes a quiet landscape, the color of the rainbow, or a simple drop of water can serve as all the peace that I need. Other times, I need to feel excited to feel alive. The erotic and desire go together – and when beauty mixes in, this becomes sublime, an ecstasy for the senses, the brain, and the body.  Many of the masterpieces of painting contain the erotic. If I can blend the beautiful with the erotic, then I am happy.

FA4M: What is big-A Art?

AM: The creative or artistic process is inherently human. This is possible because of the gift to dream and imagine. Every human feels the need to create in one way or another in some point in their lives.

But Art also requires the level and quality of its creation to stand up to history.  When creation can match historical masterpieces that is Art.  Creation must be submitted to the criterion of time.  In other words, only time will tell.

FA4M: Is there such a thing as gay art/a gay aesthetic?

AM: Gay art and the gay aesthetic are very subjective and depend on the individual.  As far as I am concerned, the gayest icon of all time, according to the principles of a “gay aesthetic” is Jesus Christ. He was a handsome young man, most represented in art as naked, surrounded by a group of unmarried men who were seduced by his words and demeanor. The crucifixion too follows the principles of the gay aesthetic: starkly naked, not just nude, bloody, suffering, spiritual, and sadomasochistic too.  And our runner up, for all the same reasons, is San Sebastian.


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