An illumating study of the Swiss artist’s explosive work. Swiss artist Roman Signer (born 1938) makes work that is literally explosive, harnessing natural forces via rockets, fuses and dynamite, as well as rushing water, gravity and catapults. At work since the early 1970s, Signer is a prolific artist who is highly respected worldwide.
He combines unorthodox sculpture materials (balloons, bicycles, dynamite) with elemental forces (pressure, gravity, fire) to make work that is, at times, literally explosive. A prolific artist, at work since the early 1970s, Signer builds on the traditions of Minimalism, Viennese Aktionism and Arte Povera to create a vision that is uniquely his own.
His work has been exhibited at major venues across Europe and North America, as well as at such exhibitions such as Documenta 8 (1987), Skulptur Projekte in Munster (1997) and the 48th Venice Biennale (1999), where he represented Switzerland. This book is the first monograph to cover the whole of Signer’s distinguished career to date.