Cosimo Cavallaro - Unidentified Space
Envisioned by Homeira Goldstein, Chairman of the Board, Time4Art
Exhibition Dates: October 18, 2017 through December 31, 2017
Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 6-8pm; Program begins at 7pm
Homeira Goldstein and TIME4ART with support of the Manhattan Beach Art Center are thrilled to present “Unidentified Space” an exhibition featuring new works consisting of large sculptures by nationally and internationally celebrated yet controversial Italian/Canadian and presently Los Angeles based Artist, Cosimo Cavallaro.
Envisioned by Homeira Goldstein, the exhibition explores elements and spaces that push boundaries beyond the accustomed and familiar. Taken out of human scale, these large and massive inflated acrylic vinyl liner sculptures are melodramatic overemotional and exaggerated depicting the space between life and death.
A space that could save lives but moments that no one wishes to experience.
Cavallaro states: “As a sculptor I have been playing with how objects occupy space in both time and in memory. One day while driving past a car accident, I noticed an airbag that had been deployed. I realized this was the moment I was trying to sculpt. A moment where captured air defines the object that is the space between both life and death. The purpose of this work is to focus our attention on that captured moment.”
Cavallaro has been marked in a select class of artists, such as Jacques David, Caravaggio and Francisco Goya as both fierce opinion and an unrelenting strength of vision speaking out in the name of personal freedom and standing firmly at the center of his own aesthetic.
Ranging from “My Sweet Lord”, a nude life-size sculpture of Jesus created from dark chocolate, to “Cheese Chair”, “Cheese House”, “Twiggy”, “Jelly Beans” titled Love Your Beans, “Toy Parts” titled Lost and Found Cavallaro’s artistic creations often challenge social conventions normalcy and status quo. His cutting-edge Avant Garde experimental and unorthodox work have gained him national and international recognition as well as raising some eyebrows and creating controversies including an interview with Anderson Cooper of CNN and Bill Donohue President of the Catholic League.
The Son of Italian immigrants, Cosimo was born in Montreal in 1961. He was raised in Canada and Italy. He attended Dawson College and Concordia University both in Montreal.
Gerald Roach became his mentor and took him to Nova Scotia to paint with him. Cosimo started working in the art department on movie sets after his school hours when he met Director Max Fischer (The Lucky Star) and soon became Max’s Art Director on several feature films. He then transitioned into a successful career as commercial TV Director in Canada in 1984 working for Boardwalk Pictures and for Derek Van Lint (Alien) in Toronto, Le Verseau and Cinelaund Montreal. Later he joined Emerald Films in USA and then set up his own production company, Figaro Films, wining many directing awards.
He has had many exhibitions throughout USA in NY, CT, IL, MA, FL, CA, IN, WY, MO, as well as in Canada, Germany and Netherland.
This exhibition is presented by TIME4ART, a non-profit art educational organization in Manhattan Beach, California, with a mission of enhancing cultural art awareness in the South Bay and Greater Los Angeles.
“Our heartfelt thanks to Manhattan Beach Art Center for their spirit of comradery and community.”