Opening Reception: Friday, August 14 from 6pm to 8pm
CulturalDC presents Ejecta, sculptor Anthony Cervino’s second solo exhibition at Flashpoint Gallery, which will open on Friday, August 14 with a reception from 6-8pm. The exhibition will run from August 15 – September 12, 2015.
Cervino, like many other artists, is chasing often undefined or constantly shifting qualifiers of success. Now well into his forties, early career goals have been tempered by the compromises initiated by marriage, fatherhood, a career as an art professor, and the wear-and-tear of age in general. In his solo exhibition Ejecta, Cervino’s sculptures mediate self-perceived mediocrity with evidence of sincere effort.
The work in the exhibition, including large-scaled constructions, small cast bronzes, assemblages of found objects, as well as an accompanying book, reflects his personal trajectory and a keen awareness of art-historical precedents. At once, this exhibition serves as a device for the fantasy of grandeur, a critique of the gauge of artistic success, and an acknowledgement of lived and limited real experiences. The melding of such personal and professional contemplation is expressed most succinctly in his collaboration on the exhibition with curator, art historian, and spouse, Shannon Egan.
Still committed to the endless possibilities of the object, Anthony Cervino’s sculptures draw heavily from personal narrative and (sometimes mis‐remembered) childhood nostalgia. Conceptually and visually skewed, fragmented and perhaps just illogical, his often humorous sculptures explore the metaphorical space between beginnings and endings as well as other opposing relationships ‐ such as the discord between the hand and the machine, the whole and its parts, completeness to incompleteness, artificial and authentic ‐ as well as flirting with the ever‐present association of art and commodity.
Cervino’s work has been exhibited widely. Recent group or solo exhibitions have been hosted at such venues as The Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, Lycoming College (PA), The Gallery at Flashpoint (DC), School 33 Art Center (Baltimore), Longwood University (VA), Edinboro University (PA), McDaniel College (MD), Sweet Loraine Gallery (NY), Eastern Michigan University, Pentimenti Gallery (PA), Converge Gallery (PA) and the Kunstnarhuset Messen, Norway – among others. Cervino is a father of two and currently holds the position of associate professor of art at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Shannon Egan received her M.A. and Ph.D. in the History of Art from Johns Hopkins University and her B.A. in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is Director of the Schmucker Art Gallery at Gettysburg College, where she curates exhibitions of contemporary and historical art. Dr. Egan is the author of articles on photographers Edward S. Curtis and Jeff Wall and teaches courses at Gettysburg College on contemporary art, the history and theory of photography, twentieth-century European art, and art and public policy. Dr. Egan has received fellowships from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, and the Terra Foundation/ American Council of Learned Societies. She also serves as the Director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at Gettysburg College.
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Flashpoint Gallery is located at 916 G Street NW. For more information visit www.culturaldc.org.