Jim Gallucci


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Jim Gallucci
About the author

I use the format of gates, doorways and benches in my sculpture in order to give the public access to my art. This interaction is an "entry" for the public to embrace art. Gates have been found through out the history of Western Civilization as not only utilitarian architectural elements, but as symbols in art and literature. This symbolism arises from the paradox that the gate inherently possesses. A gate may be opened or closed; a way of passage or obstruction; a means of confinement or release. My benches are publicly placed objects that invite interaction with the passer-by. The benches are playful objects that invite the public to sit and talk with a friend. Though each can function as a seat, there is an impracticality of form that lures people to explore each bench and try to discover what they are about. Art is the physical manifestation of an idea or event that calls forth an emotional response from the viewer. It speaks to us and evokes a chord deep within us. Good art challenges us, makes us feel righteous, moves us, soothes us, heals us and brings us peace. Public art should do all of these things in an urbane and/or rural setting. It should be the "front porch" of a society in which exchange and dialogue are encouraged. The art of the stimulus for the dialogue and with the dialogue you create community.