Milan

Stefano Arienti

Studio Guenzani

At Studio Guenzani’s two venues, Stefano Arienti reaffirmed his particular line of creative investigation, involving the impulse to catalogue things, to transform them by taking parts of them away, and to seek out the essence of everyday objects. Two works were based on the flags of the European Union and the United Nations—but with the original lightness of the banners’ cloth transformed into stone. In Bandiera (Flag), 2006, the stars are drilled into a slab of yellow Atlantean marble, while in Nazioni unite (United Nations), 2006, the globe and the olive wreath are sculpted in slate. This art of removing weight and depth from the material was visible earlier in his Cartoline (Postcards), 1990, where Italian landscapes were carved into polystyrene. Now, however, Arienti has momentarily put aside the arte povera spirit that marked his beginnings to tackle a classical material, which

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