Opening Reception is Wednesday, May 25th 2022 from 6-8pm
Curated by Zeljka Himbele
Nate Ricciuto is a multidisciplinary artist whose work envisions design, architecture and craft as existing in the odd space between technology and fantasy. He combines glass with various other materials to create installations and ambiances of a playful and surreal quality that explore the intersection of alternative narratives, disruptive tactics and homespun ingenuity. Drawing on sci-fi imagery, outsider ideologies and countercultural aspirations, Ricciuto investigates the potential of delusion and speculation while embracing idealistic, inclusive, radical and flawed visions of the future.
The artist’s recent projects have been exhibited at the Corning Museum of Glass (Corning, NY), Pilot+Projects (Philadelphia, PA), S12 Galleri (Bergen, Norway), Weston Art Gallery (Cincinnati, OH), The Sculpture Center (Cleveland, OH), and the Museum of American Glass (Millville, NJ). He holds an MFA from Tyler School of Art and Architecture (2015), and has been an Emerging Artist in Residence at Pilchuck Glass School and a Creative Glass Center of America Fellow. Ricciuto’s work was recognized with a 2017 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council, and he was a recipient of the 2020 Saxe Emerging Artist Award from the Glass Art Society. He lives in Columbus, OH, where he is currently the Glass Program Coordinator at Columbus College of Art and Design, and a Visiting Lecturer at Ohio State University.
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About the curator-
Zeljka Himbele is a curator based in New York City. Originally from Croatia, where she worked for several years at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, she graduated from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, US. From 2008-2010 she worked at the Contemporary Art Department of the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, working on a series of solo and group exhibitions for New Media Gallery. She frequently collaborates with G-MK Gallery in Zagreb, where she curated the exhibitions by Mark Tribe, Duncan Campbell, Eve K. Tremblay and, most recently, eteam. She was a guest critic, lecturer, panelist or exhibition juror for the institutions The ISCP, NY; NARS Foundation, NY; CUNY, NY; The New School, NY; The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NY; Wave Hill, NY; Art OMI International Art Center, Ghent; Dumbo Arts Center, NY; Residency Unlimited, NY; Pratt Institute, Brooklyn; Flux Factory, NY; Chester College, NH; Cambridge Art Association, MA; Parsons The New School for Design, NY; and Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design, RI, among others. Additionally, Mrs. Himbele was a Curatorial Fellow at Art in General, and also curated exhibitions at Plexus Projects, Residency Unlimited and NURTUREart in Brooklyn, NY; Big Medium Gallery in Austin, TX; Lafayette College, PA; Cuchifritos, NY; Illuminated Metropolis, NY; Occurrence, Montreal, Canada; and Futura Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic.
- May 25th – August 26th, 2022
LocationAgnes Varis Art Center
647 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11217