Euclid Avenue Gallery and The Main Gallery
January 24, 2020
5:30- 8:00 pm
Please join us at The Sculpture Center to celebrate our Revealed 2020 Artists Opening Night!
Nate Ricciuto’s Artist Statement
Informed by an exploration into both the desire to imagine different worlds and the myriad strategies for achieving them, these works seek to uncover and reinterpret motives for operating outside of the status quo. Engaging playfully with materiality, craft, and historicity, I create objects and experimental sites that expose both the subversive qualities and escapist tendencies of fiction. Working in iterations, I repurpose media and components to build divergent narratives that move between actions and documentation. Objects, both found and made, serve as imperfect artifacts that become means of negotiating this reflexive process. My projects consider the ways that glass constitutes an elusive interface between ourselves and the physical environments and digital spaces that we occupy, and I examine this phenomenon in reimagining legacies of design, architecture and invention. These situations and environments are often models for operations once performed or yet to happen, or diagrams of absurd systems implying elements of participation. Drawing on sci-fi imagery, countercultural narratives and outsider ideologies, my work explores the potential of delusion and speculation in opening up spaces that conspicuously resist simple classification, and possibly promote unfamiliar kinds of empathy.
Lisa Walcott’s Artist Statement
Specifically feeble and precisely precarious, my work translates elements of daily life. Moods, guilt, sensations, monotony, accumulation and change are given bodies in objects and movement. Spaces of the mind are realized in physical form and daydreams animated in real space. Up close and in combination, these pieces begin to represent the fluidity and contradictions of the everyday.
Sink In explores relationships to objects that may both help and hinder the tasks of daily life. Themes of accumulation, function, and dependence emerge from examinations of piles, hooks, ledges, folds, drawers, lamp extensions, and window coverings. I have been specifically interested in positions of utility—some designed and some discovered such as the towel hanging on the dresser pull or the rake leaning against the wall stopped by a pair of work boots. Proximity dictates compositions as arms reach becomes a standard distance.
Water by nature is nondescript and by definition is liquid. It wets, it washes, it quenches, it chills, it fills, it destroys, it hydrates and it reflects. Water is relatable since we are made of it. Water has presence, almost spiritual in its ability to cleanse, reflect, bring life and evaporate. Water also damages and deteriorates. It drips, fills, and runs through the sculptures within the exhibition.
About Revealed, Emerging Artist Series 2020
The Sculpture Center invites early career artists of the greater Ohio region whose practice includes sculpture, installation, mixed and expanded media, relational aesthetics, and performance to apply for inclusion in its annual Revealed Emerging Artist Series (formerly Window to Sculpture or W2S). Through this keystone program, now in its thirtieth year, The Sculpture Center fosters and promotes the careers of exceptional sculptors during the first ten years of their profession. Four to six artists are selected annually by a diverse Exhibition Committee for one-person, full gallery exhibitions of new work in our galleries. We are proud to present Nate Ricciuto, Lisa Walcott, Emily Duke, and Chelsea A! Flowers as the selected Revealed 2020 Artists.
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