Roman Signer


March 31 – May 31, 2012

Pigna Project Space – Via del Gesù , 84 – Rome

Roman Signer. Roman Signer was born in 1938. He is a unique artist. In equal parts similar to both Buster Keaton and Robert Smithson, he embodies the epitome of the solitary figure. While staying close to San Gallen, the swiss-german city where he was born, Signer has realized his ” Aktionen” in cities like Paris, Dubai or Mexico City, and now for the first time in Rome, in occasion of this exhibition.

His actions can take shape as performance, photography, paintings and installation which utilze the physic laws applied to wind, gravity power, floatage or pyrotechnics.

His works define a sort of philosophical paradigm on the functioning of the rules of the world and of human life. This approach does not make him an “artist of elements”, a definition which he refuses, but more of an “emotional physic”.

From the middle of the ’70s Roman Signer’s works bring into question and stimulate some paradoxes through a kind of body art which can be reduced to a unique and common denominator. Each action is characterized by a personal approach to different elements, which often acquire an autobiographical meaning.

Let’s take for instance the element of air. As an asthmatic, Roman Signer has suffered for the lack of air. This is the reason why it is omnipresent in his works: it brings upon ideas of both survival and suffocation.

At Pigna Project Space the fans face each other in a human coreography, in which attraction and repulsion alternate each other. They create a poetry which is vital yet expressed through a very restrained vocabulary. This is an action which brings to a ineluctable destiny, of a poetic and impossible kiss. The economy of means allows an intimacy in the works and accentuates a moment of suspension and transformation.

Signer blends the simplicity of daily gestures and objects with the complexity of technical gear and the physical phenomena that he creates without wanting to control them.

Such metaphysical aspect and intellectual audacity show an absence of judgment criteria; a place where success and failure have no value. His works are dangerous mise-en-scènes in which absurd situations are resolved with subtlety, and are the self-determined and aleatory.

Turm – Tisch (1977), Nasse Tücher (1982), Bügeleisen (1986) e Installation avec 2 ventilateur (2010), the works that Pigna Project Space is presenting in Rome, reflect on a precise poetic of the moment. The fact that something is about to happen presumes an existence in which the past and that same instant could vacillate, letting us glimpse at a possibility of the future

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Istallation view


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Istallation view


Istallation view


Istallation view


Istallation view


Istallation view