IT’S ALL RELATIVE: WORKS BY THREE ASCRIZZIS
September 28 – November 16
in the Clifford & Corridor Galleries
Opening Reception: Friday, September 28 from 5 to 8 pm
Artist Panel: Wednesday, October 17 at 7:00PM
Since the mid 1970’s, Waldo County has been blessed with the talented and creative Ascrizzi family, originally from Long Island, NY. Joe, his son Max, and Joe’s late brother Tony have also been longtime friends of the art center since its inception in 2000. Waterfall Arts is pleased to hold an exhibition of exclusively Ascrizzi-made work, honoring their family tradition of dedicated creativity, originality, wild imaginations and serious fun. The exhibition includes an eclectic mix of paintings, prints, small and large sculptures, woodwork, musical instruments, and mixed media objects.
JOSEPH ASCRIZZI, of Freedom — An artist who embraces diverse mediums, he is primarily recognized for his richly layered and carved box sculptures made with natural materials, such as, wood, bone, antler and stones. “Rocks, trees, bones. They speak in ancient tongues,” he said. His art, which includes two-dimensional works, has been exhibited in Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, Connecticut and New York and is in private collections. He was first recognized and commissioned by Julien Levy, who introduced surrealist art to the United States and exhibited work by such artists as Joseph Cornell and Salvador Dali, at Levy Gallery, NYC.
TONY ASCRIZZI, formerly of Montville (1952-2014) — A sculptor recognized for his large installations, he worked in bronze, welded steel, hand-sewn fabric mesh, glass, plastic, wood, sound and moving images. His art has been shown at galleries and in public spaces in New York, Rhode Island and Maine, and he received numerous art grants and commissions. He earned an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and taught art at Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design and University of Rhode Island.“It’s about centering . . . but ultimately, you’re always in the center and always looking at yourself,” he said, of his creative process.
MAX ASCRIZZI, of Freedom — Best known for his three-dimensional work, in this exhibit, he focuses on paintings inspired by rural Maine landscapes, painted in a broad and gestural style. Using a limited palette, primarily black on a white ground, he captures images of sky and land during “their transition from dark to light, or vice versa. . . moments when we are informed less by sight, than by intuition and imagination,” he said. His paintings, drawings and sculptures have been exhibited in Belfast, Vinalhaven and Eliot, Maine, in Providence, R.I., and is in private collections.