Salvatore Arancio’s practice, encompassing ceramic and sculpture, photo-etching, collage, video and animation, re-appropriates found images, taking inspiration in 19th century books, geologists’ drawings, natural history museums collections, botanical gardens, documentaries and Internet found footage. Reframing these images, Arancio revisits traditional techniques, combined with new technologies, constructing new narratives and creating organic, grotesque, fantastical shapes, or dreamy landscapes in which sense of scale has vanished.
Solo exhibitions include: Une Taxonomie des Sens et des Formes, Centre d’art contemporain La Halle des bouchers, Vienne, France (2015); Project 09: Salvatore Arancio, Contemporary Art Society, London, UK (2015); The Hidden, Ensapc Ygrec, Paris, France (2014); Cathedral, AV Festival, Nothern Gallery For Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK (2014); Alternating Layers of Contrasting Resistance, Rowing, London (2013).
Recent group exhibitions include: The London Open 2015, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (Forthcoming); Data, Rochester Art Gallery, Rochester, UK (2015);Exquisite Collapse, Blip Blip Blip at East Street Arts, Patrick Studio’s Project Space, Leeds, UK (2015); The First Humans, Pump House Gallery, London (2015); Sex Shop, Folkestone Fringe, Folkestone Triennial 2014, UK (2014); Curiosity: Art & the Pleasure of Knowing, de Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Hayward Touring) (2014); Dreams That Money Can’t Buy, The Independent, MAXXI, Roma, Italy (2014).
Amsterdam, 13 Jun - 18 Jul '15