Recent Sculpture and Drawings
The show presents Ciccone’s exploration of the element of line, in both two and three dimensions. As Ciccone explains it, his recent work “crosses a metaphorical line, moving from sculpture into more drawings. This process has opened me up to new discoveries of line and form. Whether on paper or in space, I start from a simple line and move into greater complexity.”
Ciccone recently began making gesture drawings as an exercise, drawing quickly and loosely to open himself up to new and unexpected forms. What began as a series of gestures has become an elegant new body of work.At first glance, some of the drawings may appear like Ciccone’sown alphabet of new forms, but on closer examination the alphabet becomes infinite; each new form is entirely unique and spontaneous. The drawings exert a powerful influence over his sculpture, as unexpected materials like steel cable burst into space. The work is always abstract, always expressionist, but sometimes a sense of a figure also comes through.
A BRIEF BACKGROUND
Michael Ciccone is an artist active in NY’s Hudson Valley. Ciccone received his BA in fine arts from Bard College in 1993, spent five years inNew York City, then settled back in the Hudson Valley (Saugerties, NY) in 1998. He shows regularly at the year-round outdoor Unison Sculpture Garden in New Paltz, NY, at Unison’s Sculpture Walk at the Water Street Market in New Paltz, NY, and at Opus 40 Sculpture Park and Museum in Saugerties, NY. His work has also been shown as a part of the Kingston Biennial, and at the Doghouse Gallery, G.A.S. Gallery, Coffey Gallery, Woodstock School of Art, and Arts Upstairs, among many others.…more