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Gerard Tonti, Pittsburgh born artist painting with coffee and tea. Credit Gerard Tonti

Don’t fade, stain red: Gerard Tonti’s paintings challenge the tea alchemy

They sought to turn the common into the precious, while he seeks to keep it as is. Gold was their goal and ultimate destination, whereas he is pursuing a colour: red. A red that stays red in time. And while many ancient alchemists eventually gave up their initial objective and turned into chemists, he seems about to succeed. Gerard Tonti, a Pittsburgh-born artist painting with coffee and tea has been trying and erring for eight years to perfect the use of these hot drinks as a painting medium, and expand the colour palette. “I’m not able to get a red from fading… yet”, he told us on our interview. “Getting close though.” Bastart caught a few words with the artist about challenges, inspirations and alchemy that turns the stains into art.

"Intervallo: Duomo di Milano." Photo credit Umani a Milano

Bastart incontra Umani a Milano

In principio era Humans of New York, poi vennero gli altri: Humans of Paris, Rome, London, Helsinki, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Karachi, Khartoum, Mosca, Sydney, Tel Aviv, Fiji Islands… In poco più di 2 anni, la mappa mondiale degli Humans era compiuta. L’unica che ne restava fuori – intatta ed immune al nuovo fenomeno social – era Milano, con un immaginario “WTF” al posto della bandierina Humans of Milan. Come se i suoi umani non avessero né facce né storie da raccontare. Noi sappiamo, però, che non era vero: ce n’erano tante e bellissime, mancava solo qualcuno che le sapesse ascoltare e raccogliere. E voilà, Bastart riapre la saga degli Humans con un nuovo incontro: Stefano D’Andrea, l’autore del progetto Umani a Milano.

Shortology is a project by H-57, Milan-based creative design and advertising studio. Picture credit H-57

Shortology: If you can’t tell a story in five seconds you ain’t…

Some years ago, Conway Williamson, CCO of Saatchi & Saatchi NY gave a short lesson on storytelling: “If you can’t tell a story you ain’t shit”. Today, this imperative doesn’t sound that challenging anymore (sorry, Conway) as agencies like H-57, Milan-based creative design and advertising studio, set new and tougher ones: tell a story, yes, but do it in five seconds. That’s what the young Italian creatives have been doing for the past 12 or more months. The results of their work have been summed up in a splendid book, available in bookshops and online, in a bunch of languages: Italian, Shortology; English, Life in Five Seconds; German, Das Leben in 5 Sekunden; Spanish, La vida in cinco segundos; and French, PICTOlogies 180 histoires en bref. We spoke to Marco Dalbesio, managing director of H-57, to find out more about the Shortology project and beyond

Vadim Nekrasov, composer-in-chief at 1A4 Studio

Meet the Uncensored Creativity: 1A4 Studio

In the world flooding with information, a talent for telling things shortly and to the point is alone a virtue. Add to this a daring fuck-the-system attitude plus a superb sense of humour, and you get a perfect Portrait of the Animators as Young Men. Their payoff might sound to you quite straight-forward (“Phckn awesome animation until death do us apart”) but it leaves no doubts: there’s a true commitment behind it.