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Drew Testa

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20140202211609-symbiote_i_1
Symbiote I, 2013 Knit Yarn, Insulation Foam, Masonite 34" X 9" X 12"
20140202211723-symbiote_ii_1
Symbiote II, 2013 Knit Yarn, Insulation Foam, Masonite 28" X 26" X 14"
20140202211933-symbiote_iii_3
Symbiote III, 2013 Knit Yarn, Insulation Foam, Masonite 14" X 20" X 17"
20140202212126-symbiote_iv_1
Symbiote IV, 2013 Knit Yarn, Insulation Foam, Masonite 14" X 8" X 33"
20140202211441-swell_1
Swell, 2013 Knit Yarn, Insulation Foam, Masonite 32" X 28" X 13"
20140202211217-bloat_1
Bloat, 2013 Knit Yarn, Insulation Foam, Masonite 32" X 28" X 8"
20140202211030-appendages_1
Appendages, 2013 Knit Yarn, Insulation Foam Variable Dimensions
20140202210819-binary_1
Binary, 2013 Knit Rope, Insulation Foam 26" X 14" X 16"
20140202210519-ether_2
Ether, 2013 Fractal Knit Wool Roving 54" X 78"
20130527102557-construct1
Construct, 2013 Knitted Yarn, Fabric, Insulation Foam 18" X 24" X 4"
20130527102039-conversion
Conversion, 2012 Knitted Yarn/rope/twine, Canvas, Oil Paint, Wax, Insulation Foam 6' X 4'
20121120200128-synthesis_1_copy
Synthesis, May 2012 Wool Roving, Steel Wool, Various Industrial Ropes, Steel, Plywood Various Dimensions, Installation
20121120200429-synthesis_3_copy
Synthesis, May 2012 Wool Roving, Steel Wool, Various Industrial Ropes, Steel, Plywood Various Dimensions, Installation
20121120200717-synthesis_4
Synthesis, Close-up, May 2012 Wool Roving, Steel Wool, Various Industrial Ropes, Steel, Plywood Various Dimensions, Installation
20121120200851-synthesis_5
Synthesis, Close-up, May 2012 Wool Roving, Steel Wool, Various Industrial Ropes, Steel, Plywood Various Dimensions, Installation
20121120201107-synthesis_6
Synthesis, Close-up, May 2012 Wool Roving, Steel Wool, Various Industrial Ropes, Steel, Plywood Various Dimensions, Installation
Quick Facts
Birthplace
Danbury, CT
Birth year
1984
Lives in
Fayetteville, NC
Works in
Fayetteville, NC
Schools
The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY, 2012, MS in Art Ed.
Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, 2006, BS in Studio Art
Tags
fiber, fiberart, mixed-media, installation, surrealism, modern, abstract, conceptual, sculpture
Statement
Drew Testa is a sculptor, installation artist, and arts educator. He is currently living in Fayetteville, NC, where he teaches at the Fayetteville Academy as their Lower and Middle School art teacher. Testa received a BS in Studio Art from Skidmore College and a MS in Art Education from the College of St. Rose. His work has been shown in a number of galleries, both conventional and non-conventional, around the Capital Region of NY. In the summer of 2013, Testa had his first solo show in Chelsea at the Rush Arts Gallery. I view life as a series of processes, from microscopic to the macroscopic. My artwork is formed much the same way. The sculptures and installations are born out of meticulous, meditative, and obsessive fiber processes that all together consume a majority of the creative progression. I believe this way of working gives the artwork a sense of independent and spontaneous life. Once lashed together, the fiber panels are injected with foam and the work gains life; life that was never predetermined. The work takes on its own character. The arrangement of the artwork is also its own process. With every showing, I rearrange my works in new configurations. While arranging, I want the pieces to respond to the space as if it is an extension of the area. As if they had grown out of that space. My work is inspired by the vastness of the universe and the smallness of single organisms. I have always been an avid reader of science articles, especially ones from biology and astrophysics. It is through my creation process that I try to digest these articles and draw connections between them.