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Seraphin Gallery is pleased to welcome Phillip Scarpone to Philadelphia. Scarpone recently accepted an artist-in-residence fellowship at the University of Delaware and graduated this year with a Masters of Fine Arts degree with distinction from the University of Georgia. He is a multidisciplinary artist, focusing primarily on sculpture and installation, creating conceptual work that leads the viewer to question and reflect the elements of space and memory.
His work characterizes the aspects of both elegance and rawness. The finished forms of his work exhibit a pleasing visual rhythm resulting in a preciousness that one would not normally bestow upon the materials present. Seraphin Gallery has been impressed with the power and independence of his works, they have the ability to, at once, encapsulate the viewer with their sensory and narrative qualities.
Through construction, Scarpone finds answers to his questions of urban life and past experiences. The artist’s inspirations and influences include artists from the Arte Povera movement, especially Giuseppe Penone and Jannis Kounellis, and Edward Kienholz. The Arte Povera artists redefined art in the 1960s in Italy, recalling the Dada period and the impact of Marcel Duchamp.
Phillip Scarpone has been awarded several grants and scholarships during the course of his career to explore the sphere of retrospection in fabrication. These include The Dean’s Award, The Mary Rosenblatt Scholarship, Travel Grant, Public Art Grant, and the Individual Artist Opportunity Grant. He is also the recipient of several awards and recognition from juried shows and competitions.
"‘Displacement’ displays three items that were floating around my studio throughout 2013. All of the items spawn from personal memories on a fragmented steel structure. The cast bronze peppers are reminiscent of the drying pepperoncini in my apartment windows, the photograph is one that I took of a garment left behind from a fire near my old apartment and the piece of fabric is one that is relational to the garment in the photograph. Much like a pin board of notes or ideas, the grouping of the three items creates an abbreviated visual poem."
"'Fragments' is an observation and collection of items found within a small, dimly lit, area of the home I grew up in, the basement. It highlights my grandfather's tools, who I never met, from when he first came to the United States in the early 1900's. Behind the oil can is a wooden paneling section reminiscent of a small wall adjacent to the underside of the basement steps. Much of my large sculptural work merges aspects or fragments of specific places, this small work combines artifacts of untold stories to create a new one.
"The sensation of mystery inspired ‘Apt. #15’. For a six month period I walked by the front window of the apartment below mine in Athens, Georgia never seeing the person who lived inside. A towel protruding through their window blinds was my only indication that somebody lived there."