Italian artist Stefano Arienti subtly manipulates found printed matter and iconic images to resituate conventional readings of mass-produced information. By drilling, folding, and collaging the materials, the artist makes evident the power of modification–encouraging the viewer to reevaluate commonplace perceptions of familiar objects and messages.
For instance, in a recent work Libri Tranciati (2006), Arienti sliced away all but the spines of over 100 books, stacking the rectangular shapes to construct a sculpture of colorful bindings and abbreviated titles. The work prompted viewers to distinguish between books as books and the sculptural value of their covers within the assemblage.
Stefano Arienti was born in Asola, Italy, in 1961 and currently resides in Milan, Italy. Recent solo projects have been presented at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA (2007); Studio Guenzani, Milan, Italy (2006); Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, NY (2006); Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL (2006); MAXXI Museum, Rome, Italy (2004-2005); Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy (2004-2005); and greengrassi, London, UK (2004). His work has been included in Airò, Arienti, Marisaldi, Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia, Italy (2006); and Idea, Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Palazzo Fontana di Trevi, Rome, Italy (2006).