Events / Exhibition :: Marco Cianfanelli - Absent Fields
MARCO CIANFANELLI :: ABSENT FIELDS
Opening Thursday 1 October 2009: 17h30-19h30
Walkabout by Marco Cianfanelli Saturday 10 October at 10h30
Contact Goodman Gallery for details: http://www.goodman-gallery.com
"Cianfanelli’s work embodies a vast variety of media and materials, from burnt mielie skins and sculpted sea sand, to laser cut materials, masked glass and digital imaging. He thrives on taking applications and using them for different functions. Although he uses computer-aided design and technology in the production of his work, he also engages with the more visceral organic aspects of the material he works with, experimenting with physical acts like the slinging of muddy pigment or the branding of animal hides. Marrying the application of data to more expressive gestural acts, he aims to set up a tension or dialogue, between the controlled accuracies of the digital realm and the uncontrollable realities of being human." - Alex Dodd
Marco Cianfanelli was born in Johannesburg in 1970 and graduated, with a distinction in Fine Art, from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1992. He has had five solo exhibitions and has won numerous awards, including the ABSA L'Atelier, which culminated in a residency at the Cité des Beaux Arts in Paris, and an Ampersand Fellowship, which took him to New York.
Fiercely committed to testing the possibilities for artistic intervention in the public realm and engaging with other professionals from diverse fields, he has been involved in a wide range of projects involving art, architecture and public space.
Currently, he is a member the design team for The Freedom Park, South Africa's national monument to freedom, situated in Pretoria. His work can be found in public and private collections in South Africa (Sasol, Absa, Didata, Bloemfontein Art Museum) Europe and the United States.