Studio: Ateliers de la Ville
19 Boulevard Boisson
After exploring the metaphorical representation of persons’ and landscapes’ character, Arthur Sirignano pursues his essentialist quest with an introspective exploration. His volumes are a sensitive form of writing, where projection replaces the project. Each piece is a visual thought emerging from deep philosophical questions. It is a meditation on matter and on essential materials, contained in a concrete research process around their creation. The composition turns material sensations into shapes or non-shapes – alternatively beaten or pushed away – and into cherished colours-volumes, producing compositions and minimalist situations. Sirignano’s experimental activity is both conceptual and matter-driven. It sometimes produces a form of anthropomorphism that edges towards organogenesis. This phenomenon reflects a deep interrogation on the place of humanity in our lives. The artist needs to immerse himself mentally into a space that can only be accessed by the mind’s eye: a fantastical and fundamental place.
Arthur Sirignano, born in 1986, lives not too far from the world and works in Marseille.
First encounter with a work by Arthur Sirignano through the part-open door of his studio. The austere atmosphere I detect is largely due to highly artificial white lighting. The installation in question – Le Printemps (Spring) – is an assortment of disparate objects: four blue plastic basins full of water, a stack of meticulously folded blankets, some coins, and a metal framework with a fluorescent tube attached to it. Lines on the floor divide the presentation space, painted white all over, from the rest of the studio; Printemps, like Sirignano’s other installations – portraits of family and friends, allegorical mises-en-scène – has no existence independently of its display of these unrelated elements, some of them recycled, within a specifically delineated space. This is a work with no fixed, prior definition; rather it endlessly replays, according to its presentation context, the circumstances of its emergence and its narrative potential.