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
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.