Joseph Cavalieri

www.cavaglass.com

ARTIST STATEMENT

“I see my art as glass posters… illuminated illustrations which bring

a fresh attitude to this historic medieval art form.”

The concepts behind the work are varied, but combine unexpected

elements such as pop icons, engravings, and two-headed birds:

- My Simpson’s series combine folklore with popular cultural icons.

- My Gymnasium of Drama series mixes digitally manipulate etchings of Dukes, Kings and forgotten beauties into a graphic settings.

- My polycephaly series illustrates two- and three-headed birds from the year 2080.

Much of my work is commission based, where I work hand-in-hand to produce permanent installations specifically for a theaters, schools, international residencies and private homes.

PROCESS

The painted stained glass techniques I use are similar to how church windows were created in Medieval times. I use the traditional processes of kiln fired enamels on colored glass. I also combine collage, air brushing and silk screening, and acid etched metals with my glass work.

All of my designs start with a full sized drawing, which I cut glass to fit on top, like a puzzle. The glass is placed in a kiln and fired to 1250 degrees, fusing the paint onto the surface of the glass. The glass is then layered and soldered together and hung, often in a frame with internal LED lights.

Each work of art uses slightly different processes, but my body of work is connected by subject, color pallet, and design choices.

BIOGRAPHY

Born the youngest of seven children, I was born and raised in Pleasantville, New York (Westchester County). I attended the School of Visual Arts, in Manhattan, and had a career Art Directed at GQ, Good Housekeeping and People magazines. Important decisions were made during these years including helping to decide who was the “sexiest man alive” as well as who was the “best and worst dressed” celebrity!

In 1997 I was introduced to glass through classes at UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, which eventually lead to teaching and working full time out from studio in Manhattan (2009).

My award winning work has been exhibited in art galleries and museums in the U.S. Europe, India and Australia, including the Museum of Arts and Design (New York) and The Society of Arts and Crafts (Boston). Space Womb, Jack the Pelican Presents, Bond Street Gallery, and Leslie-Lohman Museum, all in New York City, have shown my work. I am currently represented by the Duane Reed Gallery in St. Louis, and have three one-man-shows organized for 2013.

My public art can be seen at Dixon Place Theater in Manhattan, at the Sanskriti Foundation in Delhi, India, Instituto Sacatar in Brazil, Lo Studio dei Nipoti in Italy, and North Lands Creative Glass, in Scotland. I have a large public installation with the New York City’s Mass Transit Authority (MTA) at Philipse Manor Train Station in Sleepy Hollow, New York.