Contemporary Art

Live Virtual Auction, 15 February 2020

Contemporary Art
  • Marco Cianfanelli; Spheres - Future, Past and Present, I-VII

Lot Estimate
ZAR 350 000 - 500 000

About this Item

South African 1970-
Spheres - Future, Past and Present, I-VII
fibreglass sand pigment and mild steel
5 measuring approximately 42 by 75cm; one measuring 45 by 38cm; one measuring 50 by 45cm


Marrying the application of data to more expressive gestural acts, Marco Cianfanelli  aims to set up a tension or dialogue between the controlled, accuracies of the digital realm and the uncontrollable realities of being human. The silhouettes of human figures appear repeatedly in relation to other shapes or forms pointing to unexpected connections between social forces. Spheres - Future, Past and Present, I-VII, in particular, refer simultaneously to microscopic, visceral and celestial forms. Our desire to grasp our own humanity is precariously formed from an engagement between our sense of individuality and our location within a greater species, on a singular planetary body.1

“Collapsing the categories and conventions that sort our experience, he strives to invent forms that bring together [his] thoughts in relation to economics (statistics, values and economies of scale), geography (resources, place and ownership) and emotion (self, psychology and chemistry). Key to his practice is an attempt to give shape to the convergence of multiple kinds of data, knowledge and experience, asserting the interrelatedness of all things. His work explores social hierarchies and channels of consumption as they relate to aspects of human desire, value, beauty and material relationships”.2


1. Alex Dodd (2009) Marco Cianfanelli: Absent Fields, Johannesburg: Goodman Gallery.

2. Ibid.



Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, Marco Cianfanelli: Absent Fields, 1 October to 24 October, 2009.

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