Arcangelo Sassolino (b. 1967, Italy) attempts to push the expectations of sculpture, recasting physical, often times destructive, acts. His work calls into question the qualities one must possess to be human, while raising doubt about agency and empathy in our contemporary consciousness. Sassolino takes a material 'by the neck' and torture it in order to make it scream and admit the truth, stressing the limits of the materials resistance and contemplating the risk of their collapse. The tension and the expectation that come with the awareness of this risk play a huge role in the viewers experience, together with a strong unique aesthetic. Sassolino's works and installations explore mechanical behaviours, materials and physical properties of force. Each work takes careful planning and research and results in constructions that are stunning both in terms of their sheer physicality (material density, mechanical precision) and the forces (gravity, pressure, friction) which are applied by or to the object.Read More
Arcangelo Sassolino (b. 1967, Italy) lives and works in Vicenza, Italy. He had solo shows in museum and institution such as: Frankfurter Kunstverein (2016, Frankfurt), Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis (2016, St. Louis), in the context of Art and The City in Zurich (2012), MACRO Museum (2011, Rome), Z33 Center for Contemporary Art (2010, Hasselt) and Palais de Tokyo (2008, Paris). His works have been shown in public institutions such as Vancouver Biennial (Vancouver, 2020); Grand Palais, Paris, France; Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, USA; Palazzo Ducale, Venice, Italy; Fundación Pablo Atchugarry, Punta del Este, Uruguay; Le 104, Paris, France; MART Museum, Rovereto, Italy; Swiss Institute, New York, USA; Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy; FRAC Museum Regional, Reims, France; Autocenter and MICA MOCA, Berlin,Germany; Tinguely Museum, Basel, Switzerland; CCC Strozzina, Florence, Italy; Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, Italy; Kunsthalle Göppingen, Göppingen, Germany; ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany and Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milan, Italy.
Text courtesy Rolando Anselmi.