CRANFORD – Joe Chirchirillo’s exhibition, “Sculpture Systems” will be on display through June 30 at the Tomasulo Gallery in the MacKay Library at Union County College’s Cranford campus.
Chirchirilo has been working on this sculpture series for the past ten years. Referred to as kinetic sculptures, they are powered by small electric motors, pumps, or sometimes by hand. He explains in his artist statement that he, “…refer(s) to them as ‘systems’ because they draw their inspiration from cycles found in nature. For example, the process of rainfall and absorption, or considering the event sleading up to wind blowing through branches. These are the things I am thinking about when creating this work.”
Chirchirillo explains that he has always been very influenced by machines and industrial landscapes. His sculptures have always been constructed and more influenced by architecture than classical art. His vision for his work is how to combine his concepts and the look of the work, that is, how to exhibit the contrast between nature and manmade elements, both visually and conceptually.
His work can be seen at www.joechirchirillo.com.
The college’s Cranford campus is located at 1033 Springfield Avenue. Gallery hours are from 1 to 4 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Evening hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday. For more information, call 1-908-709-7155 or visit the http://www.ucc.edu/go/TomArt.
Wind and Water #2, 38”L x 24”w x 82”r – steel, wood, found objects, copper pipe, electric motors and water
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