Opening: February 18, 2016, 7 pm
In early 2016 the Frankfurter Kunstverein is presenting two mono-graphic shows with the joint title “Mechanisms of Power”. Chosen works by Guatemalan artist Regina José Galindo and Italian artist Arcangelo Sassolino will be presented simultaneously: associations that arise from juxtaposing facilitate new perspectives on both artists’ works within the course of the exhibition. Depending on different subject matters and marked by distinct practices, Sassolino’s and Galindo’s approaches share the exploration of limitations of art and question art’s role in our society. They refuse to be reduced to a merely symbolic realm and confront their conceptual ideas with social or material realities. While the effects of physical violence and power relations on the body, both the individual and the collective, are a central issue of Galindo’s uncompromising performances, Sassolino’s sculptures are determined by forces that can discharge their potential violence any time.
For his sculptures and environmental installations Arcangelo Sassolino uses industrial materials such as steel, glass or concrete and pushes them to the limits of resistance. Under the impact of extreme vigour or violent tension, the materials are carried up to their breaking point, thus pooling physical forces within the sculptures. These forces are affecting the matter, change the sculptures’ forms and create brute noises after moments of static silence. Calculating the change on the one hand, Sassolino otherwise leaves part of the formation process to the properties of the materials. Control and unpredictability fuse in his works and reveal themselves in a range of unusual sounds and shapes. Sassolino’s cross-border investigations always contain the danger of collapse, unleashing the suspense from within the sculpture. This risk becomes an elemental part of the artworks, once it influences their perception. The observer of Sassolino’s experimental arrangements is able to sense the emerging powers such as gravity, high pressure or extreme tension.
Sassolino creates mechanically precise and materially dense sculptures and installations. At the Frankfurter Kunstverein four works will be presented that provide insight into Arcangelo Sassolino’s exceptional oeuvre. The artist will also realize a new piece specifically for this exhibition.
Arcangelo Sassolino was born in Vicenza, Italy in 1967, where he lives and works. His solo exhibitions include Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, USA (2016), MACRO Museum, Rome, Italy (2011), Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2008), the environmental projects presented in Z33 House for Contemporary Art in Hasselt, Belgium (2010) and in the context of “Art and The City” in Zurich, Switzerland (2012). Sassolino’s work has been featured in a number of group exhibitions, including shows at 104, Paris, France (2015), Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Florence, Italy (2012, 2010), Swiss Institute, New York, USA (2011), Tinguely Museum, Basel, Switzerland (2010), Autocenter, Berlin, Germany (2009), Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy (2009), Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg, Sweden (2008), FRAC, Rheims, France (2007) and ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany (2004).