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Rep. AE 10


artist | Stefano Canto

2016

Sculpture

10 × 10 x 28 cm / 3.9 × 3.9 x 11.0 in

Concrete.

Thinking about the archive in terms of form and space, Canto presents Archeologia dell’Effimero, a group of sculptures the artist experimented on during a residency at Viafarini in Milan, in which the founding elements are the effect of ... Read more
Concrete.

Thinking about the archive in terms of form and space, Canto presents Archeologia dell’Effimero, a group of sculptures the artist experimented on during a residency at Viafarini in Milan, in which the founding elements are the effect of time and relationship between two materials relating to the world of nature and construction, ice and cement powder. The ice melting creates a rut in the powder, therefore creating emptiness, a void. This passage, or communication channel between the outside and the inside, allows the shapeless mass to acquire the features of an object – somewhat like a vase, an urn, a utensil.

The oxymoron withheld in Archeologia dell’Effimero helps us to better understand the concept of temporality that the artist elaborates upon from his reading of the essay Liquid Modernity (2000) by Polish sociologist Zygmunt Bauman. In the idea of existence professed by Bauman, society is characterised by an elevated, almost schizophrenic dynamism, where change – transient by nature - ends up assuming the character of a constant dimension. Through this concept, the notion of past, evoked by the term "archaeological" within the title of the artwork, loses its status as a comparison point for the present and the future. It all happens in a continuous, sudden and elusive transformation, through which past and present cancel themselves out and become eternal present. The artwork, moreover, becomes the spark for a reflection on the role of the archaeologist. Read less
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