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Marc D'Agusto

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Website

Schools
Montclair State Uiversity, 2011, MFA
Trenton State College, 1994, BFA

Representing galleries
Whitestone Gallery

Tags
video-art, installation, mixed-media, sculpture, abstract, conceptual, digital

Statement

Bio: 
Marc D’Agusto’s multilayered work utilizes industrial substances that engage in relationships between architecture, the ephemeral body and notions of reclamation. These works incorporate fragmented, fractured architectural motifs employing the use of elemental metals, synthetic resins and earthen constructs that suggest transformation, renewal, and the passing of time. These remnants draw attention to a decaying past while employing allegorical references to the human body, redemption, and rebirth.

Marc D’Agusto is an artist and educator whose works have been exhibited extensively in New Jersey, New York, Miami and Philadelphia including solo exhibitions in Philadelphia, Montclair, Watchung, and Newark.  By way of 20 years as an art director/graphic designer he since has traversed into the education and nonprofit industries. He has worked as an adjunct professor and is founder and executive director of Gravity Inc, an arts initiative seeking to increase collaboration among artists, accessibility and vitality of the arts within community.

Statement:

My work examines the temporal condition of humanity and nuances of transformation by sifting through the rubble of contemporary life. Bodies and shelters are designed to contain activity and life both are altered by time and decay. I incorporate architectural forms, processes and earthen materials, imbuing the work with allusions to the mind, body and spirit in harmony with industrial and arboreal forms. Bringing to mind associations with both realms of natural and artifice.

Remnants often appear in my work, disintegrating façades replete with fragments, fissures, cracks, and relief textures. Reminiscent of excavated artifacts, relics of a deteriorating past and broken memories are express through a process of layering techniques where I build up, peel away, scrape down, and build up again – as a ritual manifestation and meditation of one’s daily movement through life, illuminating the active life of the interior that manifests externally. This discarded history alludes to new beginnings, a journey from creation to decay, from ruin to reclamation that concludes in redemption. Like a molting cicada shedding its past life bringing forth a renewed generative identity.

The ephemeral nature of the broken and entropic surfaces may suggest, like memory, that time may soon forget it. However, like the newly found artifact of ancient ruins it becomes venerated and no longer seen as broken. For me this speaks to notions of the Divine's bestowal of beauty onto the ruined, restoring it from the ashes of devastation.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015   Whitestone Gallery (Spring, TBA), Philadelphia, PA
2015   Connie A. Eastburn Gallery, Cairn University (TBA), Philadelphia, PA
2015   The Gallery at Rivier University (TBA), NH
2013   “Forgotten Place”, Paul Robeson, Rutgers University, NJ
2011   “Of Metal and Bone”, Solo’s Project House, Open Door’s Festival Newark, NJ
2010   “Nothing In Site” Installation, Finley S. Gallery, Montclair, NJ
2010   Watchung Art Center, Watchung, NJ
2010   “Self-Pretense” Installation, Finley S. Gallery - special projects room, Montclair, NJ
2010   Monterey Towers Opening, Watchung, NJ

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2014   “MFA National Competition”, First Street Gallery, Chelsea NY
2014   “IN-SIGHT: Intersection of Art and Architecture”, Public Sculpture, Pierro Gallery, South Orange, NJ

2014   
“Emerald City”, 2 Gateway Center Gallery, Newark, NJ
2013   “Venae Cavae” Interactive Projection Installation, Gallery Aferro: Activate Market Street, Newark NJ
2013   “Open Air Showcase” Gravity Arts Initiatives, Dunellen, NJ
2013   “Skylight Review Exhibit” Arts Annex, Dunellen, NJ
2013   “Annual summer group exhibit” White Stones Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2013   “5th Annual Benefit Exhibit”, Gallery Aferro, Newark NJ
2012   “The Armory Show” Fountain Air Fair, 69th Regiment Armory, NY
2012    “Red Bank Art Walk”, Gallery 135, Red Bank, NJ
2011   “10th Edition of Art Basel Miami Beach”, Miami, FL
2011   “Montclair State University MFA Thesis Exhibit”, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2011   “YooDaMan”, Finely Gallery, Montclair, NJ
2010   “Don’t look now” MSU MFA, Index Gallery, Newark, NJ
2010   “Open Doors Festival – Studio tour”, Newark Arts Council, NJ
2010    “Collect This!”, 239 Collective Gallery, Newark, NJ
2010    “Into the void”, Index Gallery, Newark, NJ
2010   “Montclair State MFA group show”, Index Gallery, Newark, NJ 
2010   “The Italian-American", Watchung Art Center, Watchung, NJ
2010   “Début opening showcase", Solo’s Project House, Newark, NJ
2009   “Parkway Studios showcase and tour", Bloomfield, NJ
2009   “Narrative Art", Watchung Art Center, Watchung, NJ
2009   “Intentionally Untitled", Finley S. Gallery, Montclair, NJ
2009   “From Across the River”, Steuben West Gallery, Brooklyn NY
2008   “Incorporeal", Finley S. Gallery, Montclair, NJ
2008   “Portals and Port-Smiths", Finley S. Gallery, Montclair, NJ
2006   “Enter In: Arts Conference”, Zarephath, NJ
2002   “Gravity Artist Exhibition”, Dancing Goat Gallery, Orange, NJ
2001   “Gravity artist Exhibition”, Dancing Goat Gallery, Orange, NJ
2000   “CBGB’s Artist Showcase”, New York, NY
1999   “Metro Arts Festival – Artist Showcase”, Liberty State Park, NJ

SELECTED AWARDS & JURIED EXHIBITIONS
2014   MFA National Competition, First Street Gallery, Chelsea NY
2014   3rd 2014 Artslant Showcase Winner, NY
2012   Honorable Mention: One page feature in Artist Portfolio Magazine: Abstracts
2010   Honorable Mention: “Clash of the Artist " Art For Progress, NY, NY
2009   Best in show: “Juried Exhibition" Watchung Art Center, Watchung, NJ
2009   Finalist: “My Art Space, 2009 Miami Aqua Art Competition" Miami, FL
2009   Finalist: Art in Action” International Arts Movement -Tribeca Performing Arts Center, NY, NY
2009   William Nagengast Award: “Juried Member exhibition” Center for Contemporary work., Bedminster, NJ.
2008   Honorable Mention: “Juried Member Exhibition” Visual Art Center, Summit, NJ.
2008  “Juried Member Exhibition” Center for Contemporary work, Bedminster, NJ
1992   1st place: Painting, “Juried Exhibition” The College of New Jersey, NJ        
1989   1st place: “DECA”, Regional - State Outdoor Advertising competition, NJ

PUBLISHED WORKS
2013   “Bathroom”, Gallery Catalogue, Aferro, Newark, NJ
2012   “Remnant I” One page feature in Artist Portfolio Magazine: Abstracts
2012   “Sighted II” Installation, Contemporary Art Catalogue, White Stone Gallery, Philadelphia PA
2012   “Great Hall” Gospels of Rage, comments on the culture of fanaticism, by Forest F. White

EDUCATION
2011   MFA in Studio Art, Montclair State University
1994   BFA in Graphic Design, The College of New Jersey
2011   Non-Profit Art Business course work, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ
2006   Stage-craft design, Raritan County College, NJ
2003   Classroom Management Instruction through positive behavior management, Raritan County College
1998   Art Education course work, The College of New Jersey
1989-1990   Art Institute of Philadelphia

ACADEMIC POSITIONS
2009-2012   Adjunct professor of Fine Arts, Nyack College, Painting, Drawing, Introduction to Visual Arts, NYC
2008-2009  Teacher’s Assistant, Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, Painting and Drawing, Colorado College; CO
2008-2009  Teacher’s Assistant, Montclair State University, Painting and 3D design; Montclair NJ
2009  Lecturer, Voorhees High School, Glen Gardner; NJ
2004-2008  Teacher of Art, 6th-12th grade, Somerset Christian Academy; Zarephath, NJ
2001-2009   Creative development & art education, Gravity Inc. 501(c)(3) arts Initiative; Stirling, NJ
2006  Panelist and workshop in “Synergy in the Arts”, “Enter In Arts Conference”, Pillar College; Zarephath, NJ
2005  Lecture and workshop in “Visual Language”, Pillar College, Zarephath; NJ
2004-2005  Substitute Teacher, Great Meadows Middle School and Warren Hills High School; NJ
1997-2001  Adventure Education, The High Ground Adventure Co.; Edison, NJ          
New Jersey State Teacher’s Certificate & ACSI Teacher’s Certificate

PROFESSIONAL & ADMINISTRATIVE
2001-Present  Executive Director - Founder, Gravity Inc. 501(c)(3) Arts Initiative; Dunellen, NJ
2009-2012   Board of Directors, Watchung Art Center; Watchung, NJ
2004-2008   Art Department Director K-12th, SCA; Zarephath, NJ
1997-2001   Executive Director – Event Coordinator, The High Ground Adventure Co.; Edison, NJ
2002-2003   Art Director, Marketing Edge Group; North Brunswick, NJ
1998-2000   Art Director/Digital Media Director, JK Design; Somerset NJ

 

Recent Exhibits

Marc D'Agusto participated in these exhibits:

Oct, 2014 'Industry : Industry' (Art Exhibit).... {Music Concert) by Welcome Wagon, John Mosloskie (aka Gutter Sparrow)
All Angels' Church Art Gallery
 
Sep, 2014 IN-SIGHT: Intersection of Art and Architecture
Pierro Gallery of South Orange
 
Jul, 2014 Emerald City
Gateway Gallery Newark Penn Station Concourse
 
Jul, 2014 2014 MFA National Competition
First Street Gallery
 
Sep, 2013 Remnants I, II, III
Cairn University Collection
 
Sep, 2013 Group Show
White Stone Gallery
 
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