Salvatore Arancio

Born in Catania, Italy in 1974. Lives and works in London. He received his MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art.

The main interest at the centre of Salvatore Arancio’s artistic practice lies in the potential of images. Particularly in how the images and their meaning can be re-framed or re-viewed and he plays with symbols always aiming to retain a certain ambivalence in his work. This manifests itself through the use of a range of media such as ceramics, etching, collage, animation and video. Arancio gives the sensation of a compact and homogeneous concept regardless of the fact that his practice is paradoxically composed of contrasting elements. Each facet of his practice contains an intertwining juxtaposition of the roots and representation of images: natural and artificial, mineral and vegetable, two-dimensional and three-dimensional, scientific and mythological. Departing from their literal meaning, Arancio creates new juxtapositions that are both beautifully evocative and deeply disquieting. His work functions like an Atlas of confusion, like figures in positivistic scientific volumes devoid of any substantial image and left only with a vague ambiguous frame.

Selected solo and group exhibitions: Builders of Tomorrow, MIC, Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza, Faenza, Italy (2017); Synthetic Landscape, Weston Park, Ludlow, UK (2017); A Tranquil Star, Malta Contemporary Art, La Valletta, Malta (2017); Mushrooms on the Ruins, NoguerasBlanchard, Madrid, Spain (2017); And These Crystals Are Just like Globes of Light, Federica Schiavo Gallery, Milano, Italy (2017); In the EarthTime. Our generations of Italian ceramics and the Faenza Prize, Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, Icheon, Korea (2017); Viva Arte Viva, 57th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy (2017); Tropical Hangover, Tenderpixel, London, UK (2017); Evolutionary Travels, Foundación Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2016); Travelling Circular Labyrinths, Museo Civico di Castelbuono, Castelbuono, Palermo, Italy (2016); Oh Mexico! Kunsthalle Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland (2016); Teleonomy, Cafe Oto, London, UK (2016); Fashioned to a Device Behind a Tree, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK (2015); The London Open 2015, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2015); 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 First Humans, Pump House Gallery, London, UK (2015); Birds, Cinéphémère, FIAC, Paris, France (2014); The Hidden, Ensapc Ygrec, Paris, France (2014); Cathedral, AV Festival, Northern Gallery For Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK (2014); Curiosity: Art & the Pleasure of Knowing, Hayward Touring, UK (2013-2014); Cyclorama, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico (2013); The Cosmos, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UK (2012); An Arrangement of the Materials Ejected, Spacex, Exeter, UK (2011); Vedere un oggetto, vedere la luce / To See an Object to See a Light, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Guarene d’Alba, Cuneo, Italy, (2011); SI Sindrome Italiana, Magasin-Centre National d’Art contemporain de Grenoble, Grenoble, France (2010); Catastrophe? Quelle Catastrophe!, Manif D’Art 5, The Quebec City Biennal, Engramme, Quebec City, Canada (2010); I Giovani Che Visitano Le Nostre Rovine Non Vi Vedono Che Uno Stile, GAM - Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin, Italy (2009); Sentinel, Kaleidoscope Project Space, Milan, Italy, (2009).

Selected residency: Casa Wabi, Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico (2017); CCA Andratx, Andratx, Spain, (2016); Ceramics Fellowship, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK (2014/2015); Résidences Internationales aux Recollets, Paris, France, (2013); Art Omi, New York, USA (2011); EKWC: European Ceramic WorkCentre, SG ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands (2012); Wysing Arts Center, Cambridge, UK, (2012); Museo Carlo Zauli, Faenza, Italy (2012); ISCP, New York, USA (2009). He was awarded The Elephant Trust Grant, London in 2011, the Premio ‘New York’ in 2009 and was selected for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries in 2006.

Link: Contemporary Art Society