Anthony Moman Transforms Syringes Into Coveted Works of Art
Anthony Moman uses many syringes to create one image. Why syringes ? Their use in his sculptures is highly symbolic. The invention of syringes has arguably saved humanity, but, like many technological advances they can either prolong life or become a tool of destruction. Syringes are highly emotive and divisive so when confronted with a syringe can provoke a host of different reactions, mostly negative. They can, however, alleviate pain, cure and protect against life threatening diseases, and change the way we look and feel about ourselves.
Our very existence can depend on one syringe, and they deserve our respect and their place in the history of humanity.
Interview with Anthony Moman during Personal Structures, Palazzo Mora during the Venice Biennale 2017
The Quiet Man in syringes on marine board inside a plexiglas box. I used the film by John Ford starring John Wayne (maybe I just should have called it John) as inspiration. I do not shout about my art because I want to let it speak for itself directly to the viewer. I will leave the weighty tomes to the art curators and critics.
You can see him in Florence at Gallery De Freo, Via Maggio, 26, 50125 Firenze FI (https://goo.gl/maps/ocSosH9neuH2)
Wild Child continues Anthony Moman’s use of syringes in art. The syringes have an ambivalent,controversial meaning. For some they evoke feelings of terror triggering childhood memories of visits to the doctor to have essential vaccinations, for others the squalid imagery of discarded drug paraphernalia. Yet syringes have most likely been the saviour of humanity but now are also associated with tattoos and cosmetic intervention such as Botox and collagen injections. The child like features and the colourful “butterfly” needles that are used to create her hair, hint at the subjects’s mischievous nature.
My latest sculptures made from syringes are currently on show at the Personal Structures exhibition hosted by the European Cultural Centre during the Venice Biennale. The show is a mammoth event and features more than 200 artists such as Yoko Ono, Marina Abramovic, Joseph Kosuth, Jeff Koons, Lawrence Weiner, Gunther Uecker, Hermann Nitsch, Dolk, Julian Opie and Arnulf Rainer. There are lesser known artists coming from diverse cultural back grounds from more than 40 countries and all are driven to present their own subjective, personal expression of their reflection on the concepts Time, Space and Existence.
If you are in Venice this year please go and visit the exhibition and prepare to be stimulated by the amazing array of contemporary art in Palazzo Mora and Palazzo Bembo.
The Personal Structures – Open Borders show will be on until November 26 2017
and is open every day except Tuesdays from 10.00 – 18.00 and is Free entry.