Transforming by Luigi Costanzo

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“Join us for the opening reception of Luigi Costanzo's beautiful Stone Sculptures to be featured in our Case Galleries through April.

LUIGI COSTANZO Lou was born in the coal mining town of Scranton, Pennsylvania. He spent many years living off-grid in rural Maine before moving to Nova Scotia where he trained and worked as a psychotherapist. He lives with his wife on the Eastern Shore.


ARTIST STATEMENT I’ve been sculpting stone, wood and trees for 50 years. For many of those years, making sculpture ran parallel to my psychotherapy practice, working primarily with children. For this small show, I’ve chosen five works [1996-2014] which speak to a period of transition in the my sculpting career. The three earlier pieces (Consume [1996], Consummate [1998], Eye of the Consumer [1999]) were created during a time when I experienced a freedom and ease in the sculpting process. I was in the studio daily. As years passed, that freedom took on an urgency as I grappled with the onset of arthritis in my hands. Sculpting became a rich but sobering dance between my passion to shape things, and inescapable pain: Mind Knot [2010], was created when I was haunted by the inevitable thoughts of not being able to continue my sculpture practice. When a friend challenged me to create a piece about strained relations between his two brothers, I decided to leave familiar territory working in marble, and to experiment with stone that was soft and yielding. The piece was a catalyst and teacher: I learned to apply tenderness towards obstacles— my arthritis included. Luna Infinity [2014]—with no up or down, front or back—loosened fixed ideas about making work and living life.”

WHEN: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 5 PM – 7 PM

WHERE: The Craig Gallery at Alderney Landing, 2 Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth

HOW MUCH: n/a

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Claudia Chender MLA