Joseph Coscia Jr.: New Color Images
Hixenbaugh Ancient Art is pleased to present the recent photography of Joseph Coscia Jr.
The exhibition presents a selection of large scale photographs. This series of images, inspired by the forms, textures and colors found among the detritus of the ocean and fragments of objects, is exhibited amongst a curated selection of authentic ancient artworks:
On view from October 25 through December 7th.
The artist's newest series "NEW COLOR IMAGES" is inspired by dying coral reefs, where humankind has intruded on nature. The images, like our oceans, contain natural and unnatural dead and living elements. Juxtaposed against ancient art of mimetic forms and colors, the exhibition intends to be a mediation on the effects of the passing of time, and humankind's influence over objects both in art and nature.
In my work as a Metropolitan Museum of Art photographer, I'm surrounded by objects and images. My work every day is to capture their essences in how I photograph their forms and textures. Making my own objects to photograph is a natural evolution of this immersion.
I began making sculpture as props for photographs, using crumpled paper and beeswax. I've 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 the shore. This current series of 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.
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. His work was most recently exhibited earlier this year at the Monmouth University Center for the Arts.