New Manhattan Sponge Map

June 12th, 2012

"Manhattan Effigy (by zipcode) , 2012. used sponges, 18 x 4 1/2 x 3/4 inches. (signed on verso)

I recently completed some new small used sponge maps including this one of Manhattan.  Each sponge section represents the different zipcodes of NYC.  The use of dirty sponges is integral to the concept–Manhattan is one of the most culturally absorbent cultures in the world, and some areas are even quite stinky.

Update: This work is currently on view at Jim Kempner Fine Arts as of June 20, 2012.

New U.S.A. Map, Scale=1:10,400,000

June 5th, 2012

"U.S.A. Used Sponge Assemblage Scale=1:10,400,000," 2012

Recently completed a new sponge map of the U.S.A.  This latest “Used Sponge Assemblage” is Scaled 1:10,400,000 and measures approximately 17 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches and is signed on the verso.  This work also includes AK and HI (not shown in picture).

Update: This sculpture is now on view at The Islip Art Museum during the exhibition Art From Dross, June 13-September 2.

New PRODUCE Drawings

April 22nd, 2012

Installation view of PRODUCE Drawings at WAH Center

Recently built new frames for my PRODUCE drawing series and solo exhibition by the same name.  These works have never been shown publicly before. Above is a picture of one of the configurations on display through May 27 at The WAH Center.  For more detailed images and information on the series, please visit the PRODUCE Gallery.

Absorption Modules installation during PRODUCE Exhibition

April 20th, 2012

"Absorption Modules, 6 x 10," 2012. 66 x 110 inches.

New installation of Absorption Modules created for my solo exhibition at the WAH Center, April 21- May 27, 2012.  Each Module is 11 x 11 inches each, made from weathered, stained and embossed paper stacks with corrosion, leaves and other natural elements.

World All Washed Up

March 30th, 2012

World All Washed Up (Scale 1:46,720,800),” 2012. Used sponges, 19 3/4 x 32 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches. Finished in time for this year’s Fountain Fair and on view at the Hullaballoo booth from March 9-11.  World All Washed Up,” is currently on view during “Energetic Fusion,” a collaborative exhibition with fellow artist and professor Ryan Seslow at York College Art Gallery in Jamaica, Queens. March 26-May 3, 2012.

“Tsunami Proof Japan,” 2011 map for Japan Relief

June 12th, 2011

"Tsunami Proof (For Japan)," 2011. Collection of the WAH Center.

I created this new map of Japan to donate for the relief effort following the devastating earthquake/tsunami/nuclear meltdown earlier this year.  The rough red sponge represents the radioactive Fukushima region.  The work was on view at the WAH Center’s ART (Artists Rescue Team) Benefit June 10-11, 2 and is now resides in the WAH Center permanent collection.

New “U.S.A. (Used Sponge Assemblage)”

March 18th, 2011

Just finished “USA (Used Sponges Assemblage), Scale=1:6,240,000,” 2011.

Made from used sponges collected over ten years. Dim. var. approx. 27 x 18 x 1 1/2″.

This one includes Hawaii and Alaska (not in scale).  Currently working on a World Sponge Map and a map of Japan.

Update:  Now in a Private Collection.  Here is a picture of the work on view at the Fountain Fair on March 10, 2010 by autovac:

Hot Tata – Limited Editions, 2011

February 7th, 2011

Hot Tata in Pink: Edition of 8, 2011.

Hot Tata in Red: Edition of 4, 2011.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, J.A.P. Studio and Beth Giacummo Glassworks have released two “Hot Tata-Limited Editions,” Blown Glass Potato Hearts with Patent Leather Corsets. There is an Edition of 4 (3½x 2½ x 1¾”), and a smaller version Edition of 8 (3 x 2½ x 1½”).

Certificate of Authenticity (Front): From Edition of 4

Each “Hot Tata” comes in its own wooden box with a burlap pillow and a certificate of authenticity signed by the artists. Each work has a unique glass color and patent leather corset.

For more images, please visit the Hot Tata Glassworks Gallery.

A selection of these works will be on view during the FAFA Valentine’s exhibition, “Take Me Home,” Thursday, February, 10 from 6-9pm, 119 W. 25th St., NYC.

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Absorption Modules 8 x 14 and Stacking Up at WAH Center

January 12th, 2011

New large format (10 x 10 modules) installation, “Absorption Modules 8 x 14,” 2010 (back wall) and “Stacking Up 1993-2010,” 2010 (front floor), at Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in Williamsburg, NY on view December 2010-January 2011.

Used Tape Storefront

October 1st, 2010

On Main Street in Patchogue, NY I have filled an entire storefront window with a collection of 15 years worth of used tape (and another window covered with 15 years of empty potato chip bags).  I started collecting used tape after realizing that my various artistic processes led to the use of a lot of different kinds of tape, and that often this tape was temporary and would be discarded. I often feel an affinity for the byproducts that come about by means of my artistic creations and see the castaway materials as having a vitality of their own.  Often times the decision to collect this detritus is simply an aesthetic one, without any preconceived notion of how to use the material in the future. Such was the case of the used tape collection.  After years of collecting small wads and balls, I started coming into contact with large quantities of used tape through my jobs as an Art Handler in New York City galleries, and later in my classroom as a Sculpture Professor.  During the unpacking of works of art and uninstalling shows, I was collecting copious amounts of used tape, and new ideas started flowing.  In the past few years I have started casting tape into brick forms, and have attempted to make simple furniture and structures, like stools and architectural fixtures, by compressing used tape into molds.  This latest installation is my first opportunity to see 15 years worth of accumulated tape together for the first time, and I see it is still not enough.  “Used Tape Storefront” is currently on view until October 24, 2010 at 14 E. Main St., in Patchogue, NY as part of the Walking Arts Tours organized by the Patchogue Arts Council.

For more images of accumulations by J.A.P. please visit the PACK-CAT Projects Gallery.