February 15 - April 7
Artist Talk - April 7
Robert Aiosa (b. 1982 Smithtown, NY) earned is his M.F.A from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and a B.F.A from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Aiosa’s art practice is rooted in the constantly changing urban landscape, and how the transitional state filled with uncertainty can affect our communities. He recently attended the Haystack School of Art and Crafts, Open Studio Residency in Deer Isle Maine. Aiosa recently participated a group show SKYWAY at the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida and Simulations, at Art, Literature + Lab, in Madison, Wisconsin. Aiosa is currently a faculty research associate/head of sculpture production at the University of South Florida’s Graphicstudio in Tampa Florida were he collaborates with leading contemporary artist to produce 3d editions and unique works.
Artist Research Statement
Neighborhood identities are evolving as buildings become renovated and repurposed for new activities and cater to an influx of different class demographics. My work is inspired by this transitional state of limbo filled with uncertainty, excitement, and trepidation. By abstracting the built environment and mixing vernacular, high style and urban planning, with historical and iconic forms, I aspire to showcase the diversity of class that make up our environments. I create these structures with off the shelf building materials such as Oriented Strand Board, Plywood, Pine 2x4s and in techniques that are common to the construction industry as a stand in for the common man, DIY aesthetic and pride in labor, all attributes found in our changing environments.