A. J. Bocchino

Silo, 1997
21 x 21 in
One of the critical developments in art of the 20th century was the questioning of what a painting actually is. Is it a depiction of something else, or an object in and of itself? Jackson Pollock famously made this statement with his "all-over" drip paintings. And it took off from there. In this case, what appears to be a painting could just as easily be described as a sculpture. The "canvas" is the copper itself, applied to a wood sub-structure; the manipulation of the surface has to do with the individually secured plates, and the beautiful patina encouraged in the lower left section of the work. The copper wraps around the edge of the work, and it does not need framing.
Here's a bit of bio information: "AJ Bocchino (b. 1974) received a BFA from Tulane University in New Orleans in 1996 and a MFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia in 2000. He has been an artist-in-residence at Urban Glass, NY, the Artist in the Marketplace Program at the Bronx Museum, NY, and a Marie Sharpe Studio Program Recipient, NY. He has had solo exhibitions at White Columns, NY, Hemphill Fine Arts, .00156 Acres, among others."
Provenance: Collection of Ronnie Brenner, New Orleans, Louisiana.