Christine Soccio, John Spano & Eric Valosin
Solo(s) Project House May 30 – June 20, 2015
972 Broad St. Newark, New Jersey 07102
Saturday, May 30th, 7 – 10
Tuesday, June 30, 6 – 9 pm
Three artists ply together their practices to explore the implications of various perspectives on reality through site specific new media installations.
What makes up reality? Is the whole a sum of its parts or could the parts themselves each be containers for the whole? What do we make of interweaving, subjective experiences at their most primary, phenomenological level? Martin Heidegger’s “fourfold” plies together the seeming dichotomies of Earth and Sky, Mortals and Divinities, as in fact codependent, relationally intertwined aspects of our dwelling in the world.
In Fourfold, Christine Soccio, John Spano & Eric Valosin likewise ply together their practices to explore the implications of various perspectives on reality. Soccio’s approach is scientific and pattern based, using irregular, non-repeating patterns in her sculptures and light installations to reveal the underpinnings of an emergent coherence to the world. Spano’s view evokes nature’s reaction to the human infestation, using symbols of environmental contamination such as smoke, hazmat suits, and artificial light. Finally, Valosin delves into the mystical, exploring post-secular society using painting, projection, and interactive new media.
Catalyzed by the similarities in their material approaches, the artists press their differences and incompatibilities into close collaboration, together opening a dialogue about a larger worldview emerging from the Fourfold around us.
Christine Soccio was born in Paterson, NJ. Her recent work focuses on aperiodic patterns as they relate to the underlying structures of reality. She sets up systems of interference that generate new forms, mixing interactions such as diffracted light, orthographic string projections, and rhombic tiling.
Her work has been exhibited in various venues throughout the United States, including: MagnanMetz Gallery, (NYC), The Affordable Art Fair, (NYC), CWOW, (Newark, NJ), The Gateway Project, (Newark, NJ), Woman Made Gallery, (Chicago, IL), Fuse Art Infrastructure, (Allentown, PA), 14th Colony Show, (Salisbury, CT), and George Segal Gallery, (Montclair, NJ). Her work has been recently reviewed in the Star Ledger and the Asbury Press. She graduated with a BFA from The School of Visual Arts, (NYC), and MFA from Montclair State University, (Montclair, NJ). The artist currently lives and works in the NYC area.
John Spano was born in Linden, NJ. His current work focuses nature’s reaction to the human infestation, using symbols of environmental contamination such as smoke, hazmat suits, and artificial light. He focuses on the idea of creating work in the ‘public space’ and more specifically suburban spaces.
Eric Valosin is a New Jersey based artist and seeker of the techno sublime. Using light and projection with drawing, painting, and new media, he explores the potentials of mystical experience since postmodernism, in a world whose space is more often cyber than sacred and whose world-views have begun to transcend conventional
transcendence. Straddling the realms of traditional mysticism and postmodern phenomenology, he aims to challenge perceptual expectations and open new territories for contemporary mystical experience.
Valosin holds a B.A. in Studio Art from Drew University and an M.F.A. from Montclair State University. Hs work has been exhibited throughout the greater New York area and in Europe, including recent shows at Magnan Metz Gallery (NY), The Attleboro Arts Museum (MA), Gallery Aferro (NJ), Howard Gardens Gallery (Wales, UK), The Cigar Factory (PA), and Seton Hall University’s Walsh Gallery (NJ). His work has received various accolades such as an international ArtSlant Showcase award in the category of Installation. Valosin is the author of a recently published monograph entitled “Unknowing the Unknowable: Visual Apophasis and the Techno Sublime.” He teaches at the Collective Art Tank in Asbury Park, NJ, and has also lectured and taught at Drew University (NJ) and Andover Newton Theological School (MA). He also serves as the Coordinator of Fine Art Education for Gravity Inc., a non-profit which uses art and innovation as a catalyst for community revitalization.