Salvatore Arancio’s main interest lies in the potential of images. Departing from their literal meaning, he creates new juxtapositions that are both beautifully evocative and deeply disquieting. Working across a range of media such as photo-etchings, collage, animation and video, he looks to nature and science for his sources of inspiration, while unsettling any hint of the sublime by re-framing the images and the viewer’s experience. His constructed landscapes contain a sense of both the familiar and the unknown that enhances their symbolic readings and implications.
His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions including “I giovani che visitano le nostre rovine non vi vedono che uno stile,” at GAM, Turin, (2009), Prague Biennale 4, Karlin Hall, Prague (2009), Nul, Foxy Production, New York (2008) No Room For the Groom: An Exhibition with Douglas Sirk, Herald St, London (2007) among others. During his stay in New York Arancio will focus his research on the study of the archives related to the New York World's Fair of 1939 and its machine-age Utopian visions, combining them with the rigorous aesthetic of Berenice Abbott' s scientific “Super Sight” photographs which are part of the Photography Collection of The New York Public Library's Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.