Excavatum

Exhibit Dates: 
Sep 24, 2011 - Feb 5, 2012
Location: 
Constance S. and Robert J. Hennessy Project Space

Christopher Manzione draws inspiration from ideas of duality--what is realand illusionary, organic and non-organic. As an exhibition, Excavatum specifically references the interplay between positive and negative sculptural shapes in space. Challenging sculptural tradition by using new materials and techniques, Manzione applies recent technology to carve plastic forms that fluctuate between the whimsical and the grotesque. The artist employs digital modelling, three-dimensional scanning, computer numerically controlled milling, and rapid prototyping to manufacture each of the objects on display. Echoing the artist’s sculptural forms, two-dimensional lenticular prints reveal three-dimensional imagery when viewed from different angles. 

Regarding his use of the DCCA gallery, the artist states:   
"A prodigious ink-black cavern interrupts the white box architecture of the gallery, suggesting erosion or decay. This negative space affects the integrity of the entire room. The stark black and white palette seems cold and unearthly. The treatment of the interior surface with black pigment makes it difficult to judge its depth." - Christopher Manzione

Manzione entices viewers to explore abiguity in his artwork. Referencing science fiction, the artist encourages us to see mystery in these objects and voids—to live with the experience of our questions.

-Maiza Hixson

Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art