Five Things You Need to Know About Contemporary Artist Roman Signer
A major figure in international contemporary art since the 1970s, Roman Signer experiments with everyday objects like chairs, canoes, tables, tents or remote-controlled helicopters and relates them to earth, wind, gunpowder, fire, and water in unexpected ways. What is true for chemistry and physics is also true for Signer’s practice: that from the combination of basic elements something completely new can emerge and that every action has a reaction. All of his sculptures and films are thoughtfully conceived works of art, but they are also radical experiments the outcome of which we (and the artist) can only guess at before they have come to an end. Rarely seen in the United States, Roman Signer is thought by many to be Switzerland’s most important artist and undoubtedly one of the major figures in international contemporary art since the early 1970s.
On Saturday, July 26, Signer will present a selection of his films, with commentary, at his only public appearance in the United States at the Cleveland Museum of Art. He will give insight into his fascinating, humorous, and thoughtful body of work through a selection of videos documenting his sometimes spectacular, sometimes stunning simple actions and sculpture. The event is FREE with reservation.
View the above video for a sample of his work, and read on for our five things you need to know about artist Roman Signer!
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