Tomás Saraceno’s (b. 1973) practice is elevated by reflecting the history, insight, and exploration of multiple fields of academia such as architecture, environmentalism, astronomy, thermodynamic studies, life science, and aerospace engineering. His works embody radical concepts about the freedom from political, social, cultural, and military limitations, and more essentially, about mankind’s ethical attitude towards the Earth.
Saraceno introduces himself a “living and working in and beyond the planet Earth.” One of the keywords that describe his art world is ‘symbiosis.’ He imagines a ‘realizable utopia’ in the near future, agonizing over the world’s environment and climate issues seeking to liberate ourselves from human-centric perspectives and cohabit with a variety of lives. From spiders to humans, dusts to clouds, clouds to cities, light to darkness, and the Earth to the Universe, the artist invites the viewers to the world within and outside the planet Earth.
The clouds in Saraceno’s works draw metaphor to the permeable boundaries between the Earth and the Universe; art and non-art; and architecture and science. He guides the visitors towards the Utopian metropolis where they can freely and simultaneously move, re-connect, and inhabit like clouds. The spider has been a long-standing ‘collaborator’ of the artist’s. The artist’s deep interest and passion about the spider web originated since he had interpreted an abstract third-dimensional structure of the web as the oracle related to the Universe, community, socialization, survival, and other issues of the sort. A multiple-thousand years-long bond of empathy between humans and spiders is reinterpreted as scientific, philosophical, and cultural images through his works.
Saraceno has had many solo exhibitions in major art institutions including Venice Biennale (2019), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2018), Asia Culture Center, Gwangju (2017), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (2016), K21 Ständehaus, Düsseldorf (2013), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2012) and Hamburger Bahnhof, Hamburg (2011). He will present a solo exhibition at the Shed in NY in 2020.
His works are included in the numerous collections including, among others, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Walker Art Center, SF MOMA, MMK Museum of Modern Art Frankfurt, Dallas Museum of Art, and the Miami Art Museum.
토마스 사라세노는 아르헨티나 투쿠만에서 출생했다. 부에노스아이레스 대학에서 건축을 전공했고, 부에노스아이레스 국립예술학교와 프랑크푸르트 슈테델슐레(Städelschule), 베니스 건축대학교(IAUV)에서 수학했다. 이후, 2009년 나사센터(NASA Center Ames Research Center)의 국제 스페이스 연구 프로그램(The International Space Studies Program)에 참여했으며, 매사추세츠공과대학교(MIT), 막스 플랑크 연구소(Max Planck Institute), 싱가포르 난양기술대학교, 런던 자연사박물관과 같은 세계적인 과학기관들과 협업하며 작업을 전개해 왔다. 사라세노는 파리 팔레드도쿄(2018), 광주 국립아시아문화전당(2017), 샌프란시스코 현대미술관(2016), 뒤셀도르프 K21 슈텐데하우스(2013), 뉴욕 메트로폴리탄미술관(2012), 베를린 함부르거반호프현대미술관(2011)등 전 세계 유수 예술기관에서 개인전을 열었다. 뉴욕 현대미술관, 워커아트센터, 샌프란시스코 현대미술관, 프랑크푸르트 현대미술관 등 세계적인 주요 기관에 소장되어 있다.