Carl J. Caivano


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Biography

"My works are abstract, mixed-media assemblages. They are essentially sculptures that get much of their motivation from the act of painting. These works are as close as I have been able to come to dipping a brush in a bucket of paint and painting in pure air. Space is the liberating vehicle when pigment and form combine in a kind of frozen and dance in time. The meaning or content of this work is best expressed by its physical presence. They seem more directly real to me than so many artworks that depend upon illusion. They mean exactly what they are and no further associations are intended. I am more comfortable with the Eastern tradition where an artwork can stand for many different things than the Western need for messages or delineated meanings."

"Another source has been the weather. Without depicting cloud, lightning, or storm imagery, several of the assemblages were formed with a feeling of affinity to storm- related electricity, wind patterns, etc. I wanted the work to have the charged feeling of a storm about to break with the viewer as catalyst or ground for the electrical discharge."

Education: Master of Fine Arts, Painting, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, 1984

Teaching Experience: Visiting Lecturer, Smith College, Northampton, MA, Design, Drawing, 1987-present.

Permanent Collections: DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts. Masur Museum, Monroe, Louisiana. Massachusetts Mutual Insurance Company, Springfield, MA.


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