Hugo Rizzoli’s collages are represented by Julie Heller Gallery in Provincetown. He has shown work in numerous gallery & museum exhibitions around the Cape and beyond. A forthcoming book, Italianita: Contemporary Art Inspired by the Italian Immigrant Experience, features examples of his collage and assemblage art. Rizzoli lives and works in Barnstable.
JUROR’S SHOW STATEMENT:
It is my privilege to curate Galley West’s Winter Show, the gallery’s final exhibitionof 2023, and to discover these talented Cape artists.
Though this show does celebrate icons of the season, in truth, the over 100 submissionsrange broadly as artists respond delicately with photographs of icicles and thistles, otherswith subjects that explore off-Cape and into figuration. For one bold example, the colorful flowing acrylic above the fireplace is hung to capture the eye upon entering the gallery.
Several other works resonate with deep autumn tones, taking inspiration from the Cape’s wild areas, forests, and marshes.
One solid hallmark of Galley West shows certainly is pottery, and here I found no shortage of stunning examples, glowing with both beauty and utility. Probably because my own artistic orientation is collage, I experimented with displaying certain pieces of pottery together with examples from other disciplines that share one affinity or another. It was also a pleasure to take advantage of natural window light toemphasize a work’s special glaze.
The Kimball Guild’s hammered aluminum craft objects continue as historical markers in this tiny haven, rescued from the sea and given new life as a community gathering place to honor crafts, art, and local spirit.
And, rounding out the Winter exhibit are holiday ornaments intricately turned, decorated with colored inks and varnish, and draped over branches in the Galley’s historic mural room, a bright, distinctly welcome reminder of a new season we all celebrate.
Hugo Rizzoli, November, 2023