INTERNET / RENDER / ANXIETY / PARALLELS / LOOP
Antony Lucchesi is a 4th Year Sculpture & Environmental Art student studying at GSA. Moving from physical works into a new digital arts practice, he shares his thoughts on the role of art in new contexts. Antony talks with us alongside his eerie digital spaces to explore mundanity, anxiety and anticipation, with a touch of smooth jazz.
Tell us a bit about yourself and where you're based.
Hey! I’m Antony (He/Him) and I’m an artist from Edinburgh, currently living in Glasgow. I spend most of my time sitting in front of a computer screen making work, playing videogames and going down internet rabbit holes.
What do you make & how do you make it?
My work focuses on Digital Art Practices, Animation, Image Making, Music/Sound Production and Making Interactive Digital Environments, which I only started doing about a year ago so it still feels pretty fresh and exciting. I spent my first three years at Art School dotting about between sculpture, performative work and various other things before (luckily) finding a bit of focus this year in digital media, just in time for graduating.
It really depends day to day what I make, whatever kind of feels right in the moment. Recently I recreated some scenes from the original Silent Hill game and a bit before that I was animating a CG microwave to rotate indefinitely while I played smooth jazz over the buzz.
The program I use most when making my work is Blender. It’s a really amazing all in one 3D program and it’s free! You can make 3D models, edit images, render/edit video and even write an essay on this thing. I also use Photoshop, Ableton, Unity (from time to time) and a bunch of smaller softwares like Fspy and TRNIO.
What has been your biggest challenge to navigate?
I think the biggest one has been lack of contact with my peers this year. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to still make work on a computer but there really isn’t a substitute for exchanging thoughts and ideas in the studio or over a pint in a pub. I think a lot of the stresses and anxieties feel a lot bigger because it’s more difficult to see how people in my year and course are getting on. I was also alone in my flat for a month and a half starting early January, that was a pretty big hurdle.
How do you think your practice sits in today's context?
It’s not too hard to draw parallels between some of my work and the transition from physical to digital space we’ve seen in the real world over the last year however I wouldn’t say that's the reason for me making the work that I do. I’m excited by the seemingly infinite nature of the internet but as a consequence of that expanse, a lot of that content is often valued very little. So maybe by making digital work as part of my artistic practice I’m saying that these images are valuable within an arts context.
What's next on your practice-agenda? Goals, projects or any upcoming shows perhaps?
So my current ongoing project is under the working title ‘Nothing Happens’ which is a series
of looping animations touching on themes of mundanity, anxiety and anticipation. A couple of the pieces are up on my website so go have a look if you would like!
I was recently selected to exhibit at the RSA Annual Exhibition this year which is showing
from the 2nd of April to the 30th of May. Also in April I have work in The Student Gallery’s first physical publication along with a bunch of other amazing artists.
I guess my other plan at the moment is just to get through my final hand in without having a crisis. haha. See Antony's work available on the RSA website here
Favourite studio food?
I would always grab a loaf of bread and the two pots of hummus deal in tesco back when we
had studio access. Either that or having falafel from Falafel To Go when you catch it without
Something interesting seen this week?
I just finished watching It’s A Sin and that was really good.
Any final words of advice?
Make the work you’re most excited about making, doesn’t matter if you wrote something
different in your project proposal. Keep an eye on Creative Scotland’s Opportunities page and also sign up for an SSA student membership, it’s £10 and has a bunch of talks and advice for artists.