Carrying a Torch: Two Years in Steel

Josh Napolitano
Hunt Hall
February 7 - March 30, 2018

Carrying a Torch: Two Years in Steel is the intersection of my pasts in architecture, math, and physics, with sculptural art. Geometric shape, patterns, and architectural structures dominate the body of work, created with industrial materials and techniques like steel welding and concrete casting.

While my works aren't necessarily representative of cities, buildings, or industry, I draw a lot of inspiration from those kinds of heavily geometric environments. I catalogue everything I observe from the severe lines and imposing concrete forms of Brutalist architecture, to the beautiful negative spaces of the armature of buildings under construction. My choice of materials; metals, concrete, and stone, come from the same source and give the sculptures precision, longevity and permanence.

I don't make these structures to have a purposeful meaning or to make a statement. The works are created with specific spaces and locale in mind. They begin from simple forms, lines, and patterns that grow into fully realized architectural design through the application of math and problem solving. At the same time during that process, I picture what environment the sculpture would inhabit. In any case, the final work either compliments some existing space out in the world, or transforms a neutral space into its own unique environment.

All of the pieces in Carrying a Torch originated while studying Sculpture at Bridgewater State University. I used each as an opportunity to help explore my areas of interest and turn them into a cohesive theme. The realization of all of these pieces is as much about learning the materials and techniques that the studio and professors afforded me, as it is the "Art".

- Josh