Salvatore Arancio


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Year 2021
Medium Enamel paint on paper
Dimensions 28.3 x 22.2 cm

About the artist:

Born 1974 Catania, Salvatore Arancio lives and works between London and Nice. Graduated from MA Fine Art Photography, Royal College of Art (2005).

The main interest at the centre of Arancio's artistic practice lies in the potential of images and particularly how images and their meaning can be re-framed or re-viewed. Arancio plays with symbols always aiming to retain a certain ambivalence in his work. Through the use of a range of media: ceramics, etching, collage, animation and video, he gives the sensation of a compact and homogeneous concept, regardless of the fact that his practice is paradoxically composed of contrasting elements. Each of its facets, contains an intertwining juxtaposition of the roots and representation of images: natural and artificial, mineral and vegetable, two-dimensional and three-dimensional, scientific and mythological. Departing from their literal meaning, Arancio creates new juxtapositions that are both beautifully evocative and deeply disquieting. His work functions like an Atlas of confusion, like figures in positivistic scientific volumes devoid of any substantial image and left only with a vague ambiguous frame.

Selected exhibitions include BI-CITY Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, Shenzen (2020); Mushrooms: The Art, Design and Future of Fungi, Somerset House, London (2020); PSYCHOTROPICS, New Art Center, Salisbury, (2020); Is This Planet Earth?, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull (2019); Classic Reloaded. Mediterranea, Bardo National Museum, Tunis (2019); Viva Arte Viva, 57th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2017); Cathedral, AV Festival, Northern Gallery For Contemporary Art, Sunderland (2014); Curiosity: Art & the Pleasure of Knowing, de Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam and touring (2014 – 2013); Cyclorama, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City (2013); The Cosmos, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge (2012); Vedere un oggetto, vedere la luce / To See an Object to See a Light, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Alba (2011); and Manif D'Art 5, The Quebec City Biennal (2010).

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