I’ve had an interesting development in one of my iterations of the Nostalgia Studies series. I’ve struggled for a while to make some image transfers of mine visually interesting, but I think I’ve finally found a way, using collage, which has provided extra depth and contrast to the works.

I took some cutouts of computer code from an old Apple II-based magazine called Nibble, and it seems to have created a richer, less flat viewing experience, which shows promise. …


I’ve begun working on a new series called Composites, which originated out of my Screen Memories series. The idea came when I couldn’t find a high-quality source image of Leonardo’s St. Jerome painting. As a result, I began combining different source images of the work to create one that was ‘good enough’ for me to use. While I was doing that, I realized that this could be the foundation of a minimal, but very efficient series, which touches on one of my favourite themes, which is the representation of art, and, further, how art is mediated by the screen. …


‘The Entire City’ by Max Ernst. Oil on canvas, 1935.

Strangely, last night I woke up around midnight, after only two hours of sleep, with Max Ernt’s The Entire City in my head, a painting I hadn’t thought about for quite some time, which made the experience even more unusual. The image that I woke up with was accompanied by an epiphany that the painting is a statement on consciousness, particularly the omnipresent yellow disc representing the sun, a universal, yet mysterious element that has accompanied the subjective experience of all conscious life on earth.

The city underneath and the jungle-like foliage at the forefront of the painting also seem…


After speaking for the first time on Clubhouse, an artist, MJ, reached out to ask me about my thoughts on NFTs (non-fungible tokens) and how I approached the latest new trend in the art world that enables artists and collectors to credibly buy and sell digital art.

I’ve been familiar with NFTs since September of last year, after I became interested in bitcoin and journeyed down the proverbial rabbit hole on YouTube. …


Spring seems to have arrived early in Berlin after only about three weeks of snowy winter, so it’s been relatively easy this year (fingers crossed). With the pandemic disincentivizing social activity, I joke with people that I’ve spent most of the winter inside, but it’s not that far from reality.

This week I continued the lithography experiments with Klaus-Peter at Bethanien. He’s very generous with his time — he basically gave me a free workshop on the process, which is fairly technical and complicated. There’s a lot of chemistry involved.


Quinton Delcourt is a design student from France who is taking a six-month course in Berlin. As part of his assignments, Quinton interviewed a local artist.

Quinton Delcourt: Where are you from?

Adrian Pocobelli: I’m from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, which is in Canada’s midwest. After that I moved to Montreal for eight years, and then I lived in Toronto for four years before moving to Berlin.

QD: What was your first job? What did that bring to you?

AP: My first job was working in a comic store. I spent so much time there they finally just gave me a job…


“Reality is more like a novel than Newtonian three-dimensional space.”

— Terence McKenna

We live almost our entire lives in our imaginations, as most thinking is inherently a creative act, but, like fish in water, the imagination remains largely invisible to us, and so we diminish its significance. We pay lip service to it and acknowledge its virtues and importance as a wellspring of creativity, but we ultimately dismiss it as an unreal place that has no real ontological status. At best, we give it a nebulous secondary status in relation to pre-eminently important and ‘real’ material reality.

The success…


The artist statement for my upcoming art book on The Peloponnesian War by Thucydides.

One of the main sources of inspiration for artists over the centuries has been famous books. The Bible and Greek myth figure prominently across the history of art – one could easily argue they were the main subject matter from Cimabue until the 18th century – and in the 20th century, artists such as Salvador Dali and Robert Rauschenberg have portrayed Dante’s Divine Comedy, and Picasso, Ovid’s Metamorphoses (however quickly executed the drawings might look).

After reading Thucydides’ history of The Peloponnesian War, and realizing, somewhat…


Is mobile art the next generation of digital art?

When people say I make digital art, it doesn’t sound quite right. Technically speaking, yes, I often compose works using a digital device, but it sounds very ‘last generation’ — almost retro — to my ears. When I think of ‘digital art,’ I envision pixels, a mouse and a desktop computer, whereas mobile art — what I produce — uses touch, a multitude of ever-changing apps, and a smartphone or tablet.

The tools and the software are different and, therefore, so is the art. In 2018 touch can easily produce organic…


The artist statement that accompanies my exhibition ‘Related Images’ on display at Factory Berlin.

With all of the world’s information available at one’s fingertips, this is a time of summary. The images included in this show, called Related Images, are created using inkjet and acrylic paint on both canvas and paper. By travelling through different mediums – from digital and mobile to traditional paint on canvas – I’m attempting to make a commentary on how these mediums inform and relate to each other, while providing what I hope to be a visually rich and unambiguously contemporary art object.

In a…

Adrian Pocobelli

Italian-Canadian artist in Berlin. www.pocobelli.net

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