Nicholas Pilato

Region: Northeast

My practice involves the construction of surfaces and their disruption through varying methods of deterioration, abrasion, and formal displacement. Utilizing concrete, tile, and canvas, I generate a series of oppositions that achieve a sense of both creation and destruction. The work references the natural and the human, invoking aspects of sedimentation, erosion, and industrial decay. Through creation and destruction, my work is marked by constant flux, a divergence from the appearance of the handmade toward an evanescent sense of material and image. What is left is the memory of a sensation or the crystallization of a material experience. The idiosyncrasy of the work suspends any immediate tangibility and instead invites multiple meanings to be drawn from the textures, color, light, and materials that are pushed together with my own distinct tempo and vitality.