- 30 Jun 2021 - 19 Dec 2021
Stefano Arienti “Opere dal 1988 ad oggi”
The works on display will trace Arienti’s artistic production, from his first works with paper in the 1980s to more recent works.
Since the early years of his artistic production, Arienti has been interested in exploring the use of paper, by folding coloured pages from comics and newspapers, transforming them into undulating surfaces, small sculptures made of rhythm and colour.
These folded papers have become a sort of manifesto of Arienti’s work: the simplicity of the intervention on a material as elementary as paper has led to increasingly articulate sculptural elaborations, overturning the original reading of the image itself.
In fact, the methodology pursued in Arienti’s artistic practice has been, and still is, that of appropriating already existing images, only rarely produced by him, operating a contamination between cultured and popular iconography, exploring with freedom and lightness the possibilities of transformation and new forms of realisation.
For Arienti, working on an image is not just a way of drawing, it is a traditional technique, through which he combats the presumed fidelity of the images by which we are continually bombarded: “I believe in drawing as a form of knowledge, a sort of control over forms”. All this is clearly visible in the works of perforated posters, or in those superimposed with pieces of jigsaw puzzles or pongos in an artistic process that oscillates between the creation of a new image and the destruction of the same, also adding the third dimension.
As, for example, in the 1989 work Il Giardino di Monet (Monet’s Garden), exhibited at the PAC in Milan and at the Maxxi in Rome, where Arienti interprets the image through an impressionist technique with touches of colour given by the pieces of jigsaw puzzle applied to the large surface of the poster, giving it a three-dimensionality.
As Arienti himself says: “The image for me is not the pure evidence of the subject, of the thing represented, it is not pure message or information: for me it is an organism that contains a fabulous complexity of elements all interrelated to create a material, in a sense a living organism.”