Exhibition

Salvatore Arancio
An Arrangement of the Materials Ejected
1 October –
26 November 2011

A newly commissioned installation titled Everything Keeps Dissolving, stages a large drawing combined with a sculptural sound piece. The drawing is inspired by the geological phenomenon called Folded Strata whilst the sound piece was created by manipulating a drone from a seminal 1990s record by the experimental electronic band Coil. The manipulated sound, originally created to represent a certain hallucinogenic chemical, together with the visual element of the installation aims to create a sense of displacement in the viewer a kind of temporal slip or disruption.

A selection of drawings and etchings focus on imagery recurrent in 19th century geological illustrations. These take found images and use their literal meaning as a point of departure, transforming into poetic and visionary interpretations of nature. A new series of monotype prints and a sculptural piece depict images of mandrake roots. The root’s lysergic powers and uncanny man-like shape have been the source for the creation of many myths through the ages. Arancio juxtaposes images that are at once disquieting, yet seductive.

The split screen video installation Shasta (2011), originally shot on Super 8 film, takes inspiration from a Native American tribe’s account of the creation of Mount Shasta in California. The timeless visual and sound elements of the work stimulate ideas of narrative and storytelling in order to create a sense of awe seen as a metaphor for human inefficacy against the forces of nature.

Arancio has produced new work for the exhibition that creates a connection between Spacex and its natural surroundings. One example, the large print Bowerman’s Nose depicts a rock formation composed of stacks of weathered granite found on Dartmoor. Fascinated by the popular myths attached to the stone and its alleged past as a place of veneration, Arancio’s manipulation takes it out of context. Here it is presented as a mysterious monolith, a sculptural form both impenetrable and remote.

An Arrangement of the Materials Ejected is Arancio’s first UK solo show. It develops his interest and ongoing investigation into ideas of nature and it’s merging with science, myths and legends along with its relationship to the mystical.

Related Events

Salvatore Arancio Talk
1 October 2011, 3.00pm
Free, all welcome

Join us for the opening of Salvatore Arancio’s solo exhibition, with a talk by the artist at 4pm.

Review Group
1 October 2011, 5.00pm
5-6pm, free, all welcome

Following Salvatore Arancio’s talk, Review Group will meet for an informal discussion.

Gallery Breakfast
14 October 2011, 8.00am
8-10am, free, all welcome

Start your day with a viewing of Salvatore Arancio’s exhibition, light breakfast included.

The Big Draw
16 October 2011, 11.00am
11am–4pm, free, Embercombe Farm (entrance charge to Embercombe Farm)

Join us for a workshop at Embercombe’s annual Apple, Pumkin and Pizza Day. See www.embercombe.co.uk for details.

Root and Tree People
27 October 2011, 11.00am
11am–4pm, free, children must be accompanied

Work with artist Michelle Moss to make fantastic tree people sculptures. Part of the Family Learning Festival.

Review Group
10 November 2011, 6.00pm
6–8pm, free, all welcome

Share reviews of Salvatore Arancio’s exhibition and hear from Arts PR and writer Hannah Prothero.