The Housatonic Museum of Art presents a new exhibition, “Drip Drop, Tick Tock” by regional artist, Joseph Fucigna. The show focuses on sculptures from the on-going Plastic Fencing Series created in the last 14 years. With his sculptures, Fucigna enjoys taking modest industrial materials and transforming them into elegant yet provocative abstractions that speak about the inherent qualities of the material, process, craft and time. The exhibition opens on September 6 with a reception to be held on Thursday, September 13 from 5:30–8:00pm.
Fucigna is a multi-media artist whose work has consistently been rooted in process, play and the innate qualities of the materials used. Through experimentation and innovation, he creates sculptures that are known for their power to transform common industrial materials, inventiveness and odd but suggestive subject matter. The work included in this exhibition are selections from the Plastic Fencing Series with a focus on the new Plastic Drip Series.
The inspiration for Fucigna’s Plastic Drip Series came from the fluid and dripping qualities of silicone hand therapy putty or more commonly known as Silly Putty. Through labor-intensive construction, Fucigna translates the plastic and metal fencing into sculptures that create the illusion of fluid organic forms flowing down a wall. His most recent sculpture “Red, White Drape Drip” also includes the representation of drapery into his sculptural vocabulary. Fucigna is also creating a new site-specific installation that uses the silicone putty as a sculptural material rather than just an influence. For Fucigna, creating an object of possibilities that balances suggestive content and the formal qualities of the material is the ultimate goal.
The exhibition will be on view through October 25 and this will be the museum’s first solo showing of Fucigna’s work. The artist will offer a talk at the Housatonic Museum of Art on Tuesday, October 2nd in the gallery at 1pm. The Housatonic Museum of Art is located on the Housatonic Community College campus at 900 Lafayette Blvd in Bridgeport.
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