As part of the Open Plan section at SP-Arte 2016 Sprovieri is proud to present Diptych (My studio around Thoreau’s cabin around pillar and my studio around Kaczynski's cabin around pillar), a new performative sculpture by Francesco Arena. The work was born from a reflection on ‘places of creation where Arena relates his own place of creation, his studio, with the shed of Henry David Thoreau (American philosopher, writer and poet, Concord 1817 –1862) and of Theodore John “Ted” Kaczynski, Ph.D., (American criminal, mathematician, ex professor and terrorist Chicago, 22 May 1942). Thoreau moved into his shed in Concord in 1845, in order to live a simple life and as as a form of protest against the system. The shed, built next to the Walden Lake in Massachusetts, was 305 x 457 cm.
In 1971 Unabomber - condemned for having sent postal packages with explosive to several recipients, causing three deaths and 23 injured people - moved to Lincoln (Montana) where he lived in the simplest way until 3 April 1963 when he was arrested. In this shed he wrote the book Industrial Society and Its Future (better known as the Red Pill or the “Manifest of Unabomber”). His shed was 300 x 306 cm.
Francesco Arena’s studio in Puglia, South of Italy, is 396 x 692 cm.
Diptych (My studio around Thoreau’s cabin around pillar and my studio around Kaczynski's cabin around pillar) consists in two metal bars 21.72 m long – the perimeter of the artist studio – with a square section of 2 x 2 cm. The bars are folded several times to become two rectangles, one of them measures 305 x 457 cm (the same dimensions of the shed of Thoreau) and the second 300 x 306 cm (the same dimensions of the shed of Unabomber). Each rectangle will be placed around a column of the pavilion Ciccillo Matarazzo. At regular intervals 8 performers, 4 per sculpture, will lift on their heads the perimeters of the rectangles and rotate around the column, one group will move clockwise and the other anticlockwise, like two planets that rotate in different directions. If the work is installed in a space without columns in the centre of the perimeter there will be a chair, a plant or any other object; in this case the title of the exhibition will be Diptych (My studio around Thoreau’s cabin around plant and my studio around Kaczynski's cabin around plant).
Francesco Arena (Torre Santa Susanna, Brindisi, 1978) lives and works in Cassano delle Murge, Bari. His work has been exhibited internationally: Triennale di Milano, Milan (2015), Palazzo Strozzi, Florence (2015); Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2015 - 2014 and 2012); OSAP - Olnick Spanu Art Programme, Hudson Valley (2014); Museion Bolzano (2012); Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2012); Peephole, Milan (2011); Nomas Foundation, Rome (2008). In 2013 he participated in the 55th Venice Biennale.