Block (city), 2017
White bronze; two piece each cm 23x20x23, installing 23x20x100.000
A block of clay of the dimensions with which they are normally marketed has been divided into two parts by pulling it through the two ends, of the two halves have been made of the molds, the positive wax and the end of the white bronze specimens.
The two parts of the block are installed so that there is a distance of 1 km between them.
Manufacturer: Fonderia Battaglia
About Francesco Arena
Francesco Arena’s abstract, conceptual works involve an ever-changing list of materials, but are united in their aim to re-present past events. Arena’s primary subjects are historic occurrences of trauma, violence, and struggle, and their manifestation as statistical facts and in narratives and collective memories. “When I choose a fact that informs the work, I’m not doing it to try to discover truth,” Arena once said, “but to grasp a truth that, starting from the fact in question, becomes a tool for looking at everything else.” Topics addressed in previous works have included the clandestine escape of migrants, bombings from World War II, accidental deaths of criminals, and large-scale massacres.
Italian, b. 1978, Torre Santa Susanna, Brindisi, Italy, based in Cassano delle Murge, Bari, Italy