Stefano Arienti

Galleria Planita / Galleria Alice

Behind this pair of shows lies a diary, a canvas-covered cardboard box in which Stefano Arienti gathered some 50 images he likes. Actually the diary is a multiple of 100, each an apparently disorganized accumulation of postcards—famous works of art (from Rubens to Salvador Dali, from Gauguin to Velázquez), Carlo Carrà’s “metaphysical muse” in puzzle form, portraits of rock stars, Disney cartoon characters, and a series of works by young contemporary Italian artists.

Arienti is one of a generation of artists that tries to stop or to span the uninterrupted flow of images that informs every perception, and reflection, today. In earlier work, with patient, almost maniacal obsessiveness, he would meticulously fold the pages of books, newspapers, and comic books into ephemeral sculptures, playing lightly with used imagery, ready to be crumpled up and thrown away. Without pretending to any large

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