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Creating new identities: An interview with Ermanno Cavaliere

InterviewsErika Belavy

Back to school. Back to work. Back to art! This week we have the pleasure of introducing you to Ermanno Cavaliere (aka GOGE), an Italian collage artist based out of Turin. For Ermanno, collage is an opportunity to revive and rediscover the uniqueness of everyday things. He seeks to play with the visual power of the single element combined with the strength of the whole. The juxtaposition of individual elements in his artwork causes a tension, but also a new empathy: this conversation creates a new identity. We had a chat with Ermanno to learn more about his work.

How did you decide to become an artist?

In my house there were a lot of old newspapers, papers and photos. When I was a child I enjoyed cutting them up for no apparent reason. In 2010, during my studies, I became fascinated by the Dada artistic movement and I began making some artworks by cutting and pasting whatever I found at home.

What inspires you? What influences you?

I'm fascinated from the banality that surrounds us. Reclaimed slogans, photos and papers that we use on a day-to-day basis can tell a new story if combined together. I like the signs of time and how time has the power to transform things.

What do you want to accomplish with your work?

My work is a "search of invisible" of banality of things. I try to create a new or different life to the elements of the day-to-day. New ways of expressing and communicating.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

To record dreams.

Shop Ermanno's artwork here

ABOUT ERMANNO CAVALIERE

Born in 1985 in Pagani, in southern Italy, Ermanno Cavaliere currently lives and works in Turin. During his studies in architecture at the University Federico II in Naples, he developed a love for photography and art, particularly the Dada movement. He began making collages in 2010, and in 2011 he founded (de)TAGLIO_magazine, dedicated to the art of collage. 

In August 2015 Ermanno was sponsored by the Sabinarti Cultural Association to participate in an artist residency program at the “Palazzo del Gatto” in Casaprota, Italy, where he held a solo exhibition followed by a workshop about collage involving citizenship.

For Ermanno, collage is an opportunity to revive and rediscover the uniqueness of everyday things. He seeks to play with the visual power of the single element and with the strength of the whole. The juxtaposition of single elements in his artwork causes a tension, but also a new empathy: this conversation within diversity creates a new identity.

"Our eyes can transform reality and look beyond superficial appearance. A decontextualized fragment of paper can take on a new life, in a new expressive and communicative scenario, where a single element generates the whole and the whole is an expression of a new conversation between elements.

The decontextualized fragment reaffirms its identity (from invisible to visible) and in conversation with other shapes and colors, it generates a new idea, a new concept. The juxtaposition of single elements causes a tension, but also a new empathy: this conversation within diversity creates a new identity.

Collage is an opportunity to revive and rediscover the uniqueness of everyday things. It’s about playing with the visual power of the single element and with the strength of the whole.

In this archipelago of pieces, chance creates a scenario of conversations in which signs of time are the expressive elements. In this game, chance is the pendulum that beats time."

- Ermanno Cavaliere