Italo Scanga

Betsy Rosenfield Gallery

Italo Scanga’s recent work continues to provide his signature mix of whimsy and visually satisfying poetic effects—its lassitude and play evoke a sprightly delight. His sculptures are actually no more than complex vase holders, rather abstruse assemblages of found and altered objects recycled into near-votive presentations. Like flowers hopefully held out by a suitor, these are wistful pieces, charming in their unrelieved eagerness and amiability. Scanga uses dreamily pigmented, conical blown-glass vases, and then it’s off to the resale shop where he collects a wide range of junk metal that he subsequently glazes, paints, and welds into these constructiores ad absurdum. Scanga leaves it to subsequent owners to fill the vases within these sculptures with flowers, preserving and adding to the sense one has that the pieces are gestures decorating and interacting with their environment.


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