Artcast 003: Vito Lucente & Robin Portnoff
Metamorph’s Artcast series focuses on the idea of Synesthesia, a condition in which one type of stimulation evokes the sensation of another. Featured in our third Artcast is DJ & Producer Vito Lucente and artist Robin Portnoff who is a painter of interdimensional beings, semi-mechanical existentialists, paradoxical time travelers, sugar infused mutants and neo-victorian aliens; those that populate the worlds beyond the domain we call reality.
Toronto native Vito Lucente formulates his distinct sound by blending the mechanical with spiritual, culminating a meditative state spawning from a deeper subconscious intimacy. Using pulsating rhythms, deep hovering soundscapes and a discreet layer of emotion with prototypal Detroit attributes; he creates a cathartic feel behind his productions and mixed sets. The gravitation towards experimentation builds an atmosphere of penetrating energy that has become a signature to Vito’s sound. Conceptualizing his work by complimenting it with visual stimulation and theory, Vito ultimately manifests a broader spectrum of the art, taking it beyond the realm of techno music, but rather capturing the essence of an transcendental form of artistic expression. He also runs the popular podcast series, Riots In Brixton, where he uses intuition and life long experience in the industry to plunge into the depths to find the most remote musical compositions and artists.
Robin Portnoff is an artist who explores our relationship with both space and time. The piece he created for this Artcast, Proximity, captures that concept perfectly while also being directly inspired by Vito’s mix. It is 43″x28″ (110×72 cm) and acrylic on linen. The last couple of centuries we have expanded our worldview a billion times. What was once considered bright dots on a nocturnal backdrop to the world we live in, have been mapped, measured and placed on a rough universal map. We have an understanding of our cosmic backyard, our place in the galaxy and what galaxies are neighboring us. We have put satellites around several planets in the solar system. Robotic rovers travelling semi-autonomously on Mars and Moon. Probes on their way out of the solar system. These tools give us an understanding of environments too distant or too dangerous for humans. We observe and understand. We learn the dangers of extinction. Just like social relationships on earth, we like to keep close to loved ones and far away from danger.
“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.”
– Carl Sagan