Joseph Coscia Jr.: Recent Work


Joseph Coscia Jr.: Recent Work

Hixenbaugh Ancient Art is pleased to present the recent photography of Joseph Coscia Jr. in conjunction with our current exhibition of ancient art:

On view from May 19th through June 30th.

Cosica's recent work delves into photography of different media and involves new lighting techniques. His earlier work focused initially on ancient stone statuary and then later evolved to photos of crumpled paper that had many of the same visual characteristics as marble. The current series of photos are of sculptures that he formed from clay, paper, and beeswax which yielded new textures and forms that again suggest ancient sculptural media. His recent work also draws on Man Ray's solarization techniques. This effect reverses the shadow areas and transforms the sense of weight and volume of the objects.

Joseph Coscia Jr. developed an intimacy with the changing effects of natural light on stone surfaces over the years he has spent with the Metropolitan Museum of Art collections. He is currently Chief Photographer at the museum, where he has worked for over twenty-five years. His work photographing classical sculptures in various settings and seasons led to his fascination with the qualities of light on sculptures in varying light conditions. His personal photographs of museum pieces explore elements of the works outside the context of the museum setting.
Conversely, Joseph views and photographs everyday objects outside the museum in a similar context to how he photographs antiquities, exploring their textures, surfaces, and the play of light in varying conditions. His photographs of his own paper sculptures reflect this process. While in his studio experimenting with various lighting and surfaces, he noticed that cast-off copy paper he was manipulating had developed a likeness to gestural classical sculpture. He photographed these paper pieces in a way that captures the gestures and balance of classical stone works.
Joseph 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.

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