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Stefano Arienti
Supercontemporary Series

Edited By Camilla P. Morano and Francesco Bonami
May 2007
Mondadori Electa, Milan, Italy
Distributed By Trans-Atlantic Publications
108 Pages, Illustrated, 6 3/4 x 8 1/4"

$37.50 Paper Original

Synopsis Folding, cutting, punching holes, crumpling, and tracing, with paper, cardboard, cloth, and plasticine. Simple manual operations with equally simple materials form the basis of the aesthetic universe of this poet of origami and Archimedes of manipulation, Stefano Arienti. In his hands, these decontextualized objects and materials change form and meaning, and assume new identities: the pieces of paper become little boats, railway timetables intertwine to form a fan, newspapers become recycled as bullets or twist together to make ropes. Stefano Arienti lives and works in Milan. His work has been shown extensively in Italy and internationally in both group and solo exhibitions. Often present in Arienti's art are collateral or complimentary works. Since childhood Arienti has collected large quantities of the same objects, many of which have formed the core of the artist's works. In Libri Tranciati, over 100 books have been continuously sliced so that only each book's spine and title remain. Another example of collections in his work is the group of large carpets from different parts of the world. Like Ensi Cinese Nero, each carpet has been dyed either red or black.

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