Interview with ManuelPabloPace
q)Who are you? Where are you from and where do you live now?
a)My name is Manuel Pablo Pace, I was born in a post-industrial city, in the north-east of
I have been living here and there, especially in
q)What is it that you do? What media do you use?
a)I realized for several years collage full of information; in the last year I felt the need to isolate the single scrap/frame so that it could enlarge and deepen... a story in the story.
Specifically I create portraits of children, adolescents with their families, using acrylic, pencil,
watercolor on paper, canvas, wood.
However I don't preclude any type of media and support, working with video, site-specific
installations, toys, assemblies, walls and everything is emotionally related.
q)What do you think sets your work apart?
a)My work is a reflection of reality loaded with a strong subjectivism, and as such is evolving and in perennial movement. Non-static, the imbalance in the daily creeping doubt to whoever is willing to incorporate free images from superstructures. A sort of univocal conceptual line that plasmas itself with the flow of time, that changes shape but not substance. A cathartic process of self-analysis that works through the de-contextualization and self-appropriation of images of others to describe an intimate and personal experience.
q)How long have you been showing your work for? Did you have a “big break?”
a)I draw and paint since ever. In '93 I was doing graffiti.
At the age of twenty, while travelling, notes and sketches I worked as art-director on several short films, therapeutic art workshops and small self-managed exhibitions.
From an institutional point of view and visibility I consider the experience in Scope New York 2008 with the Stuart gallery (
q)What are some things that have inspired you?
a)The things which inspire me are many, and their level of importance is univocal, therefore hard to select some or apply a ranking. Of course there are elements which recurs me: Clockwork
q)What have you been working on recently?
a)“Humanoid” a collective in Milano at Mad Agency.
q)Do you listen to music while you create your work? If so, would you give some examples?
a)Absolutely, I listen to music.
Rock'roll, surf, garage, classic, punk, jazz, blues, minimal, electronic,...
q)Do you do work in any other media? Other projects not necessarily related to your main body of work?
a)Also in this case I don't want to preclude me anything. Every period has its own support and own technique, In addition to painting I am part of the Infart collective, organizing events and essentially exhibitions; for a couple of years I have followed the artistic direction of Ortobotanix, the physical gallery of Infart Collective.
I've also followed the artistic direction of various short films, I would to select one in particular in 35mm, made in Barcellona, with the director Juan Miguel del Castillo.
q)What advice do you have for artists looking to show their work?
a)Don't wait for anyone: collaboration and self-promotion are the fundamental elements for begin to show own work and to continue to show it.
q)Do you have any upcoming exhibitions of your work that you can mention?
a)“Pulsart” in palazzo Fogazzaro in Schio by Anna Pezzin on 2 July and
“Vulpem Pilum Mutare” at the civic museum in Bassano in the Infart event, exhibition curated by
q)Where can people see more of your work on the internet?