A recent BBC production illuminated the practice of Italy's notorious 'art pranskter' Maurizio Cattelan. His art is reactionary and provokes reaction from others - sculpture, performance and conceptual works take pride in the trail of misinformation and mockery of order. He says that "every answer is valid", and though some works are made to push buttons with more intent than others, there are subtler notes of anxiety; a balance of comedy and tragedy (a dragon I chase within my own practice) that make some of his works "pieces of poetry". Cattelan, however, may prefer to compare his art to meat or dirty laundry than poetry (see All). Despite all the gags (and perhaps because of them), it's clear that passion and sincerity as well as irony and anarchy are mixers in his creative cocktail. "We have art so we don't die of truth".
Daddy Daddy - life size Pinocchio floating in water
L.O.V.E. - giant hand facing away from the stock exchange
Errotin - performance with a penis-rabbit costume
Turisti - stuffed pigeons complete with shit
Another Fucking Readymade - the entire contents of another artist's show, stolen