Joseph Coscia, Jr., "Barcoo", 2018
Color photographic print
Archival ink jet print on 100% acid free rag paper
23 x 47 in.
Edition of 8
Signed by artist
Joseph Coscia Jr. is Chief Photographer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. During his twenty-five years there, he has been exploring the relationship of the changing effects of natural light on stone surfaces. His work photographing classical sculpture in various settings has led to a fascination of the qualities of light on sculpture in varying conditions. Making his own objects to photograph was a natural evolution of this immersion.
Coscia began making sculpture as props for photographs, using crumbled paper and beeswax. Subsequently, he's since been forming clay, plaster and wax into small objects. The earlier pieces mimicked classical sculpture, then natural findings such as bones and objects washed up on shore. He newest series "New Color Images" is inspired by the forms and colors in dying coral reefs, where humankind has intruded on nature. The images, like our oceans, contain natural and unnatural dead and living elements.
Joe received his MFA from Hunter College in 1989 and his BFA from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in 1982. His photographs have appeared in numerous publications and museum books, most notably 'Light on Stone' published in 2004, a photographic essay with introduction by Elizabeth Milleker.