May Unblurred: A Long Winter

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A long Winter: New Works by Nicholas Volpe

Nicholas Volpe’s work hinges on his education, receiving Bachelor of Fine Art in Sculpture in 2011. The sculptural aspects of his work are primarily rooted in post-minimalism with regard for the tradition of craft. The final product, as a result, is influenced by his experience in various forms of art from illustration, sculpture, metalworking, woodworking, graphic design and general building.

“A Long Winter” is an exercise in design with the intent to strengthen the artist’s ability to create with regard for a variety of aesthetics and moods. By using reclaimed materials, the show also acts as an exercise to explore a variety of design solutions possible using salvaged and repurposed material. The work included and developed for this show focuses on the expressive ability of design. In order to relate subjective experience and emotional value to a piece, a process of self-reflection and creative problem solving are combined to develop relationships between objects and material. By using reclaimed and found material, a connection is created between the artist and the elements used in each piece. The materials carry the weight of the history they share with the artist and the poetic value assigned through that projection. The moment of discovery, the manner it was stored, the people that were present, and the thoughts and ideas of that time all relate to create a language of visual expression through material and design.

The show as a whole maintains the use of steel and wood. The processes that are used, the colors, the composition, and design elements are individual to each table and its corresponding sculpture, and illustration. This creates a narrative within each grouping unique to their shared aesthetic. The designs were considered right down to way the user sits, views, and functions with the work. This was done in order to allow the audience to engage and relate to the work to create a conversation through experience; realizing a connection and affect of the perspective of one upon others.

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