Six Questions

Six Questions: Marco Sgarbossa

Tique asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Marco Sgarbossa.

Artist Marco Sgarbossa
Lives in Venice, Italy
Website https://www.marcosgarbossa.com/

How do you describe your own art practice?

I think of my work as a punchline, as the critical element that catches you unprepared, disregarding the expectations for a linear narrative.
I arrange materials in unexpected dispositions, giving form to fresh, precarious and fragile configurations.

Marco Sgarbossa
Untitled(ta-da), 2021
Ink and Tramadol on paper
51 x 69 cm (framed)
Unique exemplar
Accidents are just a kind of surprise, exhibition view
Auge project for Palazzinacatene, Venice

Which question or theme is central in your work?

Though often playful, my works address problematic matters such as expectations, desires and disappointments.
I often try to fuck something up in order to watch what happens after, in the difficult intent to make sense of things in precarious state and constant change.

Marco Sgarbossa
Accidents are just a kind of surprise, 2021
exhibition view
Auge project for Palazzinacatene, Venice

What was your first experience with art?

I have traveled by motorhome for many years as a child.
I remember seeing “The way things go” by Peter Fischli and David Weiss in an art foundation somewhere in the Netherlands and being struck by it. I was maybe 10.

Marco Sgarbossa
Untitled(delorazepam), 2021
Watercolor and Delorazepam on paper
48 x 33 cm (unframed)
Accidents are just a kind of surprise, exhibition view
Auge project for Palazzinacatene, Venice

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

When I stub my pinky toe.

Marco Sgarbossa
Accidents are just a kind of surprise, 2021
exhibition view
Auge project for Palazzinacatene, Venice

What do you need in order to create your work?

Misunderstandings. I would say that everything starts with the accumulation of objects, images and declarative sentences.
If you watch them long enough, you start to group things together by misunderstanding one thing with another.

This sense of disorientation and fragility that stems from weird coexistences is simply beautiful.

Marco Sgarbossa
Model for a pretend trap, 2019-2021
Wood, chewing gum, copper wire
51 x 16 x 41 cm
Unique exemplar

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

I felt reassured when I came across Katie Manning’s poem called “What to expect”. Proceeding alphabetically, she stretches the word “expect” into dozens of different formulations, exploring the wonder and terror of new motherhood.
She makes an overwhelming sequence of expectations held in unexpected and poetical juxtapositions.

Marco Sgarbossa
Impossible Bouquet, 2016
Olfactory installation
Variable time and dimensions

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Tique | publication on contemporary art #3: Six Questions