266 W 37th Street
New York, NY
(between 7th and 8th ave.)
Nearest Trains: A, C, E, 1, 2, 3 Opening Reception: Saturday, July 15, 6-9pm
Viewable through the window 24/7
Stargazing originated from Mia Capodilupo's ritual of picking up trash around her studio in the West Side of Chicago everyday. Initially, frustrated that the trash never seemed to end, she eventually began to wonder how it might be transformed. Combining the trash she collected with styrofoam and other materials destined for the landfill and she constellated the materials into starlike forms fit for "stargazing."
“Often referenced by the media and residents as a largely poor, crime-ridden area of the city, the West Side has gone through many transitions in its ethnic and socioeconomic makeup due to its historic role as a gateway for immigrants and migrants as well as its role for funneling poorer residents away from the wealthier lakeside neighborhoods and central business district. Today, the West Side consists of large communities of widely working class, low income,
and poverty-stricken Black, Puerto Rican, and Mexican residents; some small communities of blue-collar, lower-middle-class and middle class white residents of historically Polish, Italian, Czech and Greek, descent; and newer communities of middle-class and upper middle class white residents created by gentrification.” -- "West Side, Chicago." Wikipedia, 15 May. 2017. Web.
Capodilupo's focus is on the dreams and ambitions of achievement that start from these poor, undervalued and trash strewn landscapes as well as the ability of residents there to change their circumstances and change the landscape over time. She is thrilled to re-constellate her starlike forms in the Garment District--an unlikely high-end location for some of the lowest materials in American society.
About the Artist
Mia Capodilupo is a sculptor and installation artist originally from Boston, MA. She received a BA from University of Chicago, studied sculpture at Massachusetts College of Art and received an MFA in Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute. She has participated in solo and group shows and residencies in museums, galleries and alternative spaces around the country. She received grants from the City of Chicago in 2006, 2009, and 2011, was a recipient of an individual arts grant from the City of Urbana, IL in 2010, and received a grant from the Illinois Arts Council in 2011. In 2014, she completed a large public project for the City of Chicago, and was commissioned to create semi-permanent installations for the Indianapolis Art Center and the city of Atlanta in the Summer of 2015, as well as the City of Bellevue, WA in 2016.
Capodilupo's work offers an escape from the routine, through her creation of strikingly unusual imaginary worlds with remnants and parts of everyday objects. Through the combination of unusual materials she creates familiar and humorous, yet strange worlds--empty storefronts and abandoned buildings become tactile fantasy scenes, discarded or abandoned bits of the urban environments become simultaneously utopian and dystopian sites populated by alien creatures.