Untitled (luddite), 2016
Sisal, dye, screws, shadow, gravity
May 3, 2016 – May 31, 2016
Untitled (luddite), is a site-specific installation in Marcus Garvey park that explores the technoscape of our changing landscape. The piece is a sculpture that isformal in nature, using materials and adhering techniques that question where we as a society are moving with technology. The materials have been around pre-existing the technological revolution. The color of the sculpture was chosen based on the landscape of the space around the piece, giving the piece contrast to the natural setting. The form is influenced by both the industrial and natural world by blending both taught and slacked rope lines in its design. The two forms mirror each other in the entryway to the Marvis Garvey Park Amphitheatre. The work fills each outcove and allows the viewer to walk between the sculptural space when entering down the stairs to the amphitheatre. No elements are hidden from the viewer; the materials are common and the forms are honest. By defamiliarizing the known, the viewer gains agency and the implications can be carried over into other aspects of life.
Richard Vivenzio is a sculptor currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Vivenzio’s work explores space by creating channels with different materials, recently using rope and gravity to create large-scale sculpture in space. His work has been described as three-dimensional renderings that create a solid form, despite being composed of separate, continuous, linear planes of string and shadow.
Vivenzio has exhibited at The Newhouse Center of Contemporary Art, Usagi NY, and Pandemic Gallery. His work has been included in the Haverstraw River Arts Festival and Pulse Art Fair, in Part of the Pulse Projects series. This Spring, Vivenzio will be exhibiting with The Hole gallery, as well as contributing work to The Bay Ridge SAW, a public exhibition to help funding for the arts in South Brooklyn. His work has been published in Hyper Allergic, Art-Net, and The Gothomist, amongst others. Vivenzio owns and operates The Neverlands Art Space in Bushwick, Brooklyn, where he has curated events pertaining to performance art, installations, video screenings, and live music. Additionally, he is graduating from The School of Visual Art, with a Masters of Fine Art, this May.