Stefano Arienti

From Warhol, mediated by Boetti, I inherited the idea that the world is already contaminated, connoted and packaged, with nothing left that is pure or original. In this respect Boetti’s point of departure was different from that of many arte povera artists, who wanted to get to the root of things and who looked for primary elements with precise symbolic meanings. With my work, I want to show that it is possible to deal with mass culture in a personal way, to respond to the continuous flow of mass-media images. I don’t want to interpret those images; I’m not concerned with the merits of the meanings of icons. I don’t deconstruct them like Cindy Sherman or Richard Prince or other artists defined as neo-Pop. Instead I intervene on the material conditions of their production and diffusion, on their physicality. I’ve folded comic strips to make abstract sculptures; erased the texts of illustrated

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