Alessandro Dal Pont, Black Luciano, 2008, Lacquered MDF, electric wire, iPod, subwoofer, speakers, compilation with some of the most famous “arie” sung by Luciano Pavarotti. 86 1/2 x 47 x 35 1/2 inches.
Pavarotti’s muffled singing voice quitely eminates from the black coffin I didn’t see at the Triangle Arts two week artist residency I visited last week. Like most artists, Alessandro Dal Pont showed me a lot of reproductions of work located elsewhere in addition to the piece he was developing at the residency. I particularly liked the space pod coffin sized for a fat guy, so I figured I’d repost it here.
Unfortunately, I’m getting around to posting this material after the Triangle Arts residency has closed, so you won’t all be able to run out and see his other work. James Wagner posted some of my same picks last week (in particular Maya Attoun), so I direct readers to his site. I’d also add to this list the whaling utopia artist Justin Storms.
Justin Storms, Eye for an eye, 2008, graphite on paper, 11 x 14 inches
Easily missed in the back corner of the second residency space, I almost made the mistake of snobbishly dismissing the work due to the artist’s use of National Geographic magazines as source material. Thankfully my distaste for that magazine doesn’t run so deep that I can’t identify a good drawing when I see it. Carefully rendered, the delicate work is very much in keeping with the demands and feelings evoked by post-apocolyptic terrain itself; its personal touch matching the kind of environment you’d expect in one without the cold mechanical forms populating urban landscapes. Ultimately more important than a degree of formal success the drawings simply present a very inventive narrative. For this reason storms is definately an artist to watch.