Nick De Pirro is an artist based in the New York City metropolitan area. Born in East Chicago Indiana, he has a BFA in fine arts from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He received his MFA in art from The Ohio State University. His work normally includes sculpture, video, microprocessor control, or other technologies implemented through a mixed media installation approach. The work often also creates clashes between different artistic practices or even different bodies of work set against each other in a space. De Pirro has been a faculty member of the Fine Arts Department at the Columbus College of Art and Design, and is currently working in Hoboken, NJ. He has shown in Illinois, Indiana, New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, and recently completed a large public sculpture for the Columbus Metropolitan Library branch in New Albany, OH. In the fall of 2005, De Pirro and his collaborator, Ian Williams, installed the exhibition Circumambulator, a large-scale installation and performance work at the Aronoff Center for the Arts’ Weston Art Gallery in Cincinnati. Upcoming exhibitions include a solo installation at the SAC Gallery on the SUNY Stony Brook campus.
Other, recent exhibitions include: The CCAD Faculty Biennial Exhibition, Columbus, OH 2001, Demo, Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2002 Small Works, ROY G BIV, Columbus, OH 2003, Noun/Verb, Hillwood Art Museum, Long Island University, NY 2003, Nazi Crate: replica prop with white fedora (from Raiders of the Lost Ark) at Acme Art Company in Columbus, OH, and Solids, Part 2 at The Sculpture Center. De Pirro's work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Columbus Alive, Angle Journal of arts+culture, and other publications in the metropolitan New York, Chicago, Cleveland, and Cincinnati areas.
My artistic practice is pronouncing limitations and then breaching them. I seek to integrate myself in systems and organizing principles. I am interested in the pursuit of unlimited options. The nature of the work, and the material in which it is executed, is dependent only on the circumstances of conceptual need. The work is never bound to any single methodology or technique, only to the representation of underlying ideas. My work exists in real space, and is focused on emphasizing gesture, form, and material. My approach is one of self-awareness and cultural responsiveness.
I produce sculpture as a means to achieve a physical manifestation of my conceptual intentions in hopes that material objects will convey the significance of the mental constructs responsible for their forms. I often begin by fabricating an object or group of objects using an appropriate material and process, with the intention of later installing these pieces with other objects or sculptures that modify their meanings in some way. I am interested in situational ironies that can occur in these installations, and see them as more important than the individual objects that are used to stage them. These sculptures are used to produce a theatrical situation which calls attention to the conditions that make sculpture operate. Sculpture as a system is the subject.
I perform as a way to further engage myself with my sculptural objects. I often create sculpture that is intended to become part of a performance act. These pieces must keep their integrity as autonomous art objects. They are not props; they are art objects on the gallery stage. The full significance of these objects is only realized in their final installation.
I am interested in borders and conflicts between subjects, and the physical objects, images, and performances that I produce are the products of this interest. At its core, my work is about borders and systems and the way that I engage them.
M.F.A, The Ohio State University, Columbus OH
B.F.A. in Sculpture, Minor in Art History, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 1998
Circumambulator, Aronoff Center for the Arts: Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati, OH 2005
Solids Part 2, Sculpture Center, Cleveland, OH, February 2004
Nazi Crate for a Good Sculpture, Acme Art Company Gallery, Columbus, OH 2003
Art and Industry, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL 2003
Acme Art group exhibition, Acme Art Company Gallery, Columbus, OH 2003
Noun/Verb Hillwood Art Museum, Long Island University, Brookville NY 2003
OAL Juried Exhibition Columbus, OH 2003
Small Works, ROY G BIV, Columbus, OH 2003
Demo, Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2002
CCAD Faculty Biennial Exhibition, Columbus, OH 2001
MFA Thesis, Kinnear Rd., Columbus, OH 2001
One Minute Performances hosted by Stelarc, Columbus OH, 2001
Some Space Between, group show at Skylab, curated by Franz John, Columbus OH 2001
Flash Crash, with Ian Williams, Sherman Studio Arts Center 2001
Graduate Student Exhibition, Hopkins Hall Gallery, The Ohio State University 1999
Multi-disciplinary group show BLD gallery space, Columbus, OH 1999
First Year Graduate Student Group Show, SUNYSB 1999
Storeroom 3205 one week installation and electronic performance SUNYSB 1999
Four Hundred, outdoor video installation, SUNYSB 1999
SUB/URBAN exhibition, group show, Huntington, NY 1998
BFA Thesis Exhibition, SoFA Gallery 1998
Sculpture Department Group Exhibition, SoFA Gallery 1998
Black Pod, sculptural installation in the SoFA Gallery Bomb Shelter Space 1998
Digital Media Arts Group Exhibition, SoFA Gallery 1998
Digital Media Arts Group Exhibition, SoFA Gallery 1997
Undergraduate Juried Show, SoFA Gallery 1996
John G. Blank Center for the Arts Annual Juried Show 1996
John G. Blank Center for the Arts Annual Juried Show 1995
Throb, student art web site 1998-1999
Lectures and Talks
Artist talk: for Circumambulator, Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati, OH 2005
Artist talk: Sculpture Center, for Solids Part 2 exhibition 2004
Artist talk: Long Island University, for Noun/Verb exhibition 2003
Artist talk: SUNY Stonybrook, for Singing the Body Electric conference, master class with Laurie Anderson 2000
www.storeroom.org Storeroom 3205, 2000-2001
www.fa.indiana.edu/~throb Throb, collaborator, 1998-1999
07/01/06- Present: Owner and Sole Member/Manager of Project Studios LLC, Hoboken, NJ
02/01/04- Present: Apple Computer Inc. Mac Genius, Short Hills, NJ
05/01/05- Present: Freelance fabricator Modelsmith Intl., Hoboken, NJ
1/01/03- 10/15/04: Freelance fabricator and sculptor, Meta-L Studio, Columbus, Ohio
10/01/02- 9/31/03: Freelance Studio Assistant, Ann Hamilton, Michael Mercil, Columbus, Ohio
9/01/02- 9/31/03: Freelance Studio Assistant, Alan Hamwi, Columbus, Ohio
9/01/02- 1/15/03: Giesterhole Foundry, Columbus, Ohio
8/1/01- 8/1/02: Faculty, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio
4/1/99- 6/1/01: Graduate teaching assistant, The Ohio State University
8/31/98- 6/1/99: Graduate teaching assistant, The State University of New York, Stonybrook
Awards and Commissions
Grant for fabrication of Circumambulator, Cincinnati Arts Association, Cincinnati , OH 2005
Sculpture commission, Columbus Metropolitan Library, New Albany Branch, New Albany, OH 2003
Edith Fergus Gilmore Materials Grant, 2001
Two year teaching assistantship, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 1999
Full tuition scholarship, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 1999
Three year teaching assistantship, SUNY Stonybrook, Stonybrook, NY 1998
Full tuition scholarship, SUNY Stonybrook, Stonybrook, NY 1998
Graduated with High Distinction, Indiana University 1998
Senior Achievement Award, University Honors Division Scholarship 1998
Evelyn Glazer Scholarship, Indiana University School of Fine Arts 1998
Pygmalion’s award, best BA student in the School of Fine Arts, Indiana University 1996
Italo-American National Union Scholarship 1996 and 1997
Villa Cesare Scholarship - 1995-1998
Purchase award, Golden Key National Honors Society Art International ‘97 Art Contest 1997
Juror’s Award, Undergraduate Juried Show, SOFA Gallery, Indiana University 1996
Indiana University Founder's List for all semesters after spring 1996
Campus Voice Award for creative web page design 1996
Ruth Halls Award for excellence in fundamental studio 1995
Founder's Award, Northern Indiana Arts Association 1995
Golden Key National Honor Society 1997-1998
Mortar Board Honor Society 1997-1998
Phi Beta Kappa 1998
Angle Journal of Arts + Culture, March/April 2004. Review: Douglass Max Utter, for Solids, Part 2.
Cleveland Scene, February 11-17, 2004. Review: Nadia Michael, for Solids, Part 2.
Columbus Alive, December 4, 2003. Review: Melissa Starker, for Nazi Crate for a Good Sculpture.
The New York Times, Sunday, October 5, 2003. Review: Helen A. Harrison, for Noun/Verb.