BFR is a personal philosophy that means one thing to me and another to you. Fake rules live hidden amongst real ones, and identifying them brings us closer to self-consciousness.
This site is an introduction to an idea, and to an artist. Please do reach out and follow my artistic career if the message resonates with you.
All materials are upcycled, and products are never the same twice. We live in such abundance that we would stop making tomorrow and I would still have enough material to make art with for a lifetime.
Ian Paratore was born and raised in San Francisco, California. To learn the beauty of the city, he left.
Ian took visual arts classes as a teenager, but only returned to art after his baseball years as an undergraduate.
He studied renewable energy at UC Berkeley and so the materials Ian uses to make art are recycled, reused, and repurposed paper, garments, and objects of all kinds.
"Used things are neglected, and become labled as trash far too soon. I arrange them with the hope of something new and interesting. I started with magazines and sometimes I take those paper principles to other mediums.
I work for sustainability, and the explicit deconstruction of puzzles and challenges in the name of critical thought.
I enjoy many layers of color, style, and meaning. My favorite constraint on the creative process is: sourcing. On occasion I seek out content, but,I try to put whatever I get my hands on to use.
New surfaces, new glues, different manipulations of paper, apparel, prints, and even live performances are in my future."
Austrailian Red Cross Relief and Recovery
Oakland Art Library - Oakland
Full Article on Art Rentals & NFTs
Rolo - San Franciscos
"Corona Virus" the Music Video
All Visual Arts International Contest
3rd Place - Creative Art Catagory
La Ducha Fria en Invienro
Cafe la Palma - Madrid
San Francisco y Madrid
La Tuerta - Madrid
One Tree Planted
Don Buri - Madrid
Pintapiés - Madrid
Is bending over to pick up a penny worth it? I put 10,000 together, with help; all heads-up, for luck. It was a busy Sunday morning and people asked questions. The money was swept up for a good cause.
Untitled, Mockingbird - Nashville
What do you want on yours? I'll bring you images. Scissors. Irons. Drinks. Music. Collaboration. The events idea is to help share and spread creative energy.
Painting with Paper
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