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Interview: Vince Vozzo, Sculptor and Artist - 8th December 2019

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The Media Man group continues to delve into the arts and creative world, as Australia keeps hearing and reading an ever increasing amount of static and mixed signals about censorship of the creative sector. The Australian government has already banned some music and performing artists from appearing at venues. Could "big brother" be going after traditional artists next, or are we already there?

 

1. Why is censorship bad for the arts?

Freedom is most important to artists and writers, western governments are more hidden in censorship than direct obvious censorship in other eastern and third world countries. Decent in thoughts if we look at Chairman Mao, who said “do not read many books it is dangerous”, which is similar to Western thought, when Plato wrote, in “The Republic”, Plato was asked, “What shall we do with the artists? He said the artists are banished!” In our modern west we have freedom only to a degree, cause if we look, for instance at a free thinker, like Wilhelm Reich, who wrote, “The function of the orgasm” the American government, destroyed his books and he was imprisoned and died in prison! Also, one can look at George Orwell, “1984” the last individual was the artist, writer. Similar to Aldous Huxley, in “Brave New World”, soma was given as a drug to control people.

So I think freedom in Art is essential, it is our way to make new stories from the sameness. As Oscar Wilde, said from the “Monotony of Type” even more important now in modern society today with governments around the world with controlling self-interest.


2. What experiences of censorship have I had in the arts?

I don’t remember the exact year in the early eighties. I was accepted in the Blake Prize with a duel entry of a sculpture and drawing. I was told that I had to remove my drawing as the bank manager was offended and said that his customers, would be offended. So, I was asked by the Blake committee to remove the drawing but I could leave the sculpture. The Blake Prize exhibition was held in the Commonwealth Bank at Martin Place, Sydney. Thus, compromising my work and all the drawing showed was a naked father standing with a naked mother giving birth. They couldn’t look at life..

3. What censorship in the arts has gone wrong?

Straight away I can think of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, The Pope and Bishops at the time, had asked for the nakedness that was showing penis’ and bottoms to be covered by another artists. I think any form of censorship for an adult audience is bad but of course censorship is another thing for children but remembering the age of consent is a made-up from culture to culture around the world at different times.

4. What’s your motto?

William Wallace…F r e e d o m!

5. What are you best known for?

Voluptuous female figures and spiritual inclined heads reminding one Descartes, “Cartesian Dilemma, Mind and Body split”

6. What are your current projects?

At the moment I’m working on two large marble carvings, two regional solo shows for next year and one group show. Also, I have been invited to go to Japan, by a Japanese artist/sculptor, Keizo Ushio to his studio to carve a Japanese granite stone and bring back to Australia for Sculpture by the Sea exhibition next year.


Ed: I think its fair to say that we can expect more cutting edge art from Vince Vozzo. Whether one wants to call it controversial or not, it remains art. Vozzo looks to have firmly cemented himself into the current censorship discussion concerning the arts in Australia and abroad. A public thank you to Vince, and we urge him to never change his art to "conform" to government guidelines and laws. Art by an artist, expressing themselves, is art.

 

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