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Robert Calafiore
Untitled - Still life tower of glass w/ jewel tone colors in yellow archway

2012

$6,200

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"Untitled" by Robert Calafiore is a unique, color film photograph that features a careful construction of jewel-toned glass objects in a tower, framed by a yellow and orange arch. Using self-constructed pinhole cameras, the artist creates large, one-of-a-kind chromogenic prints (‘c-prints') that portray his experimentation with vivid color, light, and shadow through purely analog means. The method behind these intricate still life works, as described by Calafiore, involves “[l]ive dodging and burning,” as well as the insertion and removal of glass artifacts, mirrors, and other reflective surfaces “to create layers and depth as well as add texture [and] a sense of movement.” The resulting image is a richly-hued negative of how we see color and light; in essence, a reversal of our typical sensory input. In this manner, the artist takes a collection of glassware—some procured by his immigrant parents during their early days in the United States—and transforms its components from “utilitarian and decorative items” into a still life series elevating the ordinary and the nostalgic “to a magical and otherworldly place.” This is the artistry in what Calafiore has done without digital manipulation. Robert Calafiore was born in New Britain, Connecticut to Italian immigrants. Raised in a traditional Roman Catholic home and part of a large extended family, religious influences and strong ties to traditions and work ethic have contributed in molding the way he relates to the world. Calafiore received his MFA in Photography from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his BFA in Photography from Hartford Art School. He was recently awarded the Connecticut Artist Fellowship Grant for 2018 and was also named the Second Sight Award artist speaker for Medium Festival of Photography in October 2018. His work has appeared in Photograph Magazine, Diffusion Annual IX, Lenscratch and Collector Daily. Calafiore currently serves as Assistant Dean and Professor of Photography at the University of Hartford.

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