Bruno Capolongo’s latest exhibit will explore the cathartic power of the Kintsugi art form in light of our epic times. From subtle messaging to works that draw symbolically upon mythology, ‘Kintsugi Drips’ offers a glimpse into the artist’s evolving response to these universal trying times, and our shared yearning to transcend the human condition.
‘Kintsugi Drips’ is composed of oil and 22kt gold paintings, ranging in size from 12×12 to 60×30, paired with a small number of ceramic works. While historically rooted in a comfortable familiarity, the artist uses a restrained palette of blue, white and gold to create a contemporary and aesthetically cohesive exhibit.
Kintsugi is the Japanese art of mending broken pottery with gold or other precious metals. It is in this spirit that the artist often begins his work by literally shattering ceramic- like panels, then assembling and mounting the fragments onto rigid supports. Rather than disguising the breakage, Kintsugi restores the broken item incorporating the damage into the aesthetic, making it part of the object’s history.
I am in awe of our ability to turn chaos and disaster into forces of renewal. Each generation, every one of us, encounter and confront trials, veritable dragons and giants. It is in rising to the occasion and confronting these challenges that we have the opportunity to realize our greatest potential – like metal tempered in fire – made stronger not despite our woes, but through them.
Our own time has given rise to an unrelenting enemy, like the Hydra found in Greek mythology. Such nemeses are the thing of legends and epics, without which there is no forge for courage, and no hero. For where there is no trial, there is neither triumph nor glory.
In this exhibit I explore the expressive power of Kintsugi in light of our epic times. From subtle messaging to works that draw symbolically upon mythology, Kintsugi Drips offers a glimpse into my evolving response to our trying times, and our shared yearning to transcend the human condition.