From the DS Archives: Stefano Arienti

This Sunday, From the DS Archives presents anew the work of Italian artist Stefano Arienti who works with found images and printed materials in the tradition of Arte Povera. Arienti is presently a part of the project Terre Vulnerabili at Hangar Bicocca in Milan, a series of four exhibitions exploring the concept of vulnerability through site-specific works or works redesigned specifically for the space.

This article was originally written by Alice Savorelli on September 17, 2009.

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Curated by Filippo Trevisani, Stefano Arienti’s exhibition “Arte In-Percettibile” at the Palazzo Ducale in Mantua (Septemebr 9, 2009 – January 6, 2010) is a survey of around 15 installation works, some of which were conceived specifically for this show. Arranged to establish a close relationship, and interaction between works and viewers, the exhibition mirrors the challenging process of research and experimentation that is typical of Arienti’s eclectic production. The artist’s work is characterized by the use of everyday materials found in our surroundings. In fact, wandering through the show, it is inevitable to detect the unexpected energy and charm of apparently simple and ordinary found objects. He certainly owes a lot to arte povera and its fascination with materials that are humble, impoverished, and often organic such as natural stone pebbles, glass pebbles, old magazines and newspapers. Placing a large emphasis on paper, Arieti transforms it, recycles it, plays with its texture, and analyzes its properties. Ignoring formal limitations, he takes paper, he cuts it, bends it, de-constructs it.

Through his meticulous manipulation of a variety of materials, Arienti confers the most common resources a poetic dimension, as well as exploring and questioning the art-making process and the manner in which art is intended and perceived. Arienti’s passion and obsession is to collect the most diverse materials and objects and create subtle and seductive treasures, deliberately investigating the relationship between art and life.

Stefano Arienti was born in Asola (Mantua) in 1961 and lives and works in Milan. He has been working with the contemporary art gallery Studio Guenzani in Milan since the end of the 1980s. Since then, he has shown his works extensively in Italy and internationally, in both group and solo shows. In 2005, a major retrospective of Arienti’s work was held at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin. He has also been featured in the Milano Europa 2000 exhibition in 2000, the XLIV Venice Biennale in 1990, the Instanbul Biennale in 1992, and the Rome Quadrenniale in 1996.

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