Richard Calabro

Tyler School of Art

In a recent installation at the Tyler School of Art on the outskirts of Philadelphia, Richard Calabro created a work reflecting many ideas and concerns that have occupied him over the better part of the past decade. Con le belle maniere is performance, sculpture and installation, but extends the boundaries of each even though it was specifically planned for a large, tripartite display case in one of the campus buildings.

The piece juxtaposes simple elements in new contexts. Glasswax is used to compromise the transparency of the windows on both sides of the cases. Light still enters the cases and passes through them but with novel, unexpected effects. A constant theme in many of Calabro’s objects, performances, videotapes and installations over the past few years has been that evasive negation of sight and light—the shadow. At Tyler, softer, more uniform light is diffused through the cases

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