Roman Signer by Gerhard MackRoman Signer by Gerhard Mack

Roman Signer

byGerhard Mack, Paula Van Den Bosch, Jeremy Millar

Paperback | June 1, 2006

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First Monograph on theExplosive and Prolific Swiss Artist Though Roman Signer (b. 1938) identifies himself as a sculptor, his work iswithout boundaries and doesn't fit into an artistic mold.He is interestedin fire, water, wind and time, inspiring unique and witty artisticexpressions that cross and include many different artistic mediums.ROMAN SIGNER, by Gerhard Mack, Paula van den Bosch and Jeremy Millar, theonly monograph to cover the scope of this, literally, explosive artist. The Swiss artist is best known for creating events in which simplematerials (rockets, balloons, rushing water) react with natural forces tocreate surprising lyrical results.Part mad scientist, part sorcerer'sapprentice, part Buster Keaton, Signer often appears in these actions,sometimes at considerable risk to himself. Since the mid 1970s, Signer has examined the forces of elements - air,fire, earth and water - in a combination of performance (documented byphotography and video) and sculpture (the physical remains of his acts). With a Dadaist love for the absurd, his artworks include Race (1981), inwhich the artist races a rocket across a field (hopelessly behind from thebeginning, the artist loses by nearly the entire length); Action at HotelWeissbad (1992), in which an ordinary table is shot out a hotel window, theresulting photographs showing a table flying incongruously over a sleepySwiss village; Power of Rain (1974), in which rainwater gathers slowly in afunnel until its force shatters a block of plaster; and Bicycle withRockets(1991), the photographs of which show a fiery bicycle flyingthrough the gallery like a demon comet. Often Signer will exhibit the remains of an event not witnessed by thepublic, such as four empty barrels and a violently splattered wall, theremains of an explosion of paint in the gallery space (Portrait Gallery,1993), or four sand piles with perfectly round craters on each, the neatresult of four simultaneous explosions at their peaks (Cones of Sand,1988). Roman Signer's work has been exhibited at major venues across Europe andNorth America as well as international exhibitions such as the 48th VeniceBiennale.ROMAN SIGNER offers incredible insight into this prolificartist's life, career and influences.This book is an exciting addition toany contemporary art library as well as the perfect gift for anyone with aninterest in or appreciation for art.
Title:Roman SignerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 11.5 × 10 × 0.75 inPublished:June 1, 2006Publisher:Phaidon PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0714844454

ISBN - 13:9780714844459

Appropriate for ages: 13

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