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Roberto Visani:
The Soap Box and the Slippery Slope

January 4 ~ January 30, 2008
Opening Reception: January 4 (Fri.) 6~8pm


Visani utilizes mundane, prosaic media such as cardboard to create his sculptures. His cardboard pieces speak to present day consumerism, traditional forms of statuary, exoticism, and abstraction. Visani constructs his work both by hand and using 3D vector based software. Through both premeditated and improvisational methods and grouping works together, he creates both real and imagined scenarios.

His series of hanging cardboard figures can be seen in terms of both lynchings and dance movements. Their elongated, disjointed limbs, both graceful and grotesque, seem caught in a state of suspended animation. Another series of sculptures explore the cubist relationship of pure form to varying degrees of representation. His abstract figures refer to African wooden sculptures and their influence on modern art.

In content, Visani’s production is critically important and timely while his means are cutting edge relating to the methodologies (technology) of contemporary life. Because Visani’s work is astutely created while his subjects are relevant to social concerns, he remains true to issues of trans-culturation, history and evolution. Visani’s vector based 3D work also alludes to Cubism which in itself was largely influenced by the faceting in African masks seen by Picasso and Braque at Gertude Stein’s salon. Visani is constantly growing and developing in new directions while always being true to his personal philosophies and ethical to his issues.

Visani was born in Faenza, Italy and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received a M.F.A. from the University of Michigan in 1997. He has exhibited his work at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY, The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF, CA, The Contemporary Arts Center, Cleveland, OH, Barbican Galleries, London, UK, and the Ghana National Museum, Accra, Ghana. He has been an artist in residence at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NY, Atlantic Center for the Arts, FL, and Cooper Union, NY, NY. He is a past Fulbright scholar and a 2007 recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in sculpture.



Dr. Thalia Vrachopoulos
Exhibitions Director


Michael Yuge
Administrative Director of Tenri



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