This piece was made out of paper from New York State Standardized Tests. It is in response to the present state of our educational system with its obsession with test scores.
ARTIST STATEMENT Whether drawn from current events or personal reflections, my narratives question societys standards for living by examining the educational, political and religious institutions that power it. My recent work examines the effects of media/technology and the diminishing distinction between our public and private realms. The house as a metaphor for society provides the visual framework for my imagery. By peeking inside their tiny illuminated windows and doors, my interiors disclose dirty little secrets hidden within. As Reality TV and the Internet present to the masses, what used to be private moments, my current work explores societys voyeuristic obsession.
In both my mixed media drawings and illuminated sculptures, paper provided the perfect medium to express the fragility of societys collective soul. Constructed from cardboard boxes and recycled materials these earth-friendly structures are built predominantly from newspapers containing the very stories and headlines addressed in my subject matter. The building of my sculpture stands and the additions of video/sound and found and natural forms reinforce my internal dialogue.
Like a child whose inquisitive nature constantly reaches for answers, my work also explores the whys?
ARTIST BIO Paul Farinacci has been awarded numerous fellowships and grants throughout the U.S. and Europe, including residencies at Fundacion Valparaiso; Millay Colony for the Arts; Weir Farm Trust; Blue Mountain Center; Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; and the Constance Saltonstall Foundation. His artwork has been exhibited extensively in museums and galleries such as Artists Space, The Drawing Center, Sothebys, Islip Art Museum, and the Nassau County Museum. He is the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright as well as grants from the NY Foundation for the Arts and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation. His public commissions include the Carnegie Mellon Museum; The Royal Stock Exchange in London; and the NYC Mayors Office. His work was published in books entitled Tattooed Walls, On the Wall and Stone Canoe Journals 3 & 4. Farinacci is a professor at Hofstra University and an Art Specialist at The Shaw Avenue School.