Artist name: Lucien Shapiro
Featured Work 1: Luce Sacra Collector Rituales (The Light Collector Ritual)
Lucien Shapiro weaves together the past, present, physical, ethereal, dark, light, and all the colors in between in his textured creations and performances dealing with themes of addiction, over saturation, and object reclamation and re-contextualization, among others. He is a self-anointed maker of ritual and meaning.
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5 Questions for the Artist:
1. What is art to you?
Way of life.
2. What did you make in the past, and why?
Masks, Vessels, Weapons, Instruments, and Objects used in personal rituals to process life challenges. I am constantly searching for the happiness and bliss that resides in all of us.
3. What are you making now, and why?
Currently I’m making what I can while on the road. I am traveling screening a new film “The Analect Rituals,” based off of see no, hear no, and speak no evils. The film was shot by Shaun Roberts and scored by Edison. After the film I perform a live ritual where the audience has the opportunity to place a fear within the vessel. I then take the vessel with me across the country towards the final ceremony where I will burn and release these collected fears. I’m visiting over 20 cities and I call it a fools journey.
4. What are your hopes for the future?
Continue onward and upward, looking forward to creating new projects and learning more about myself.
5. What else would you like to say?
Thanks for the five, and help support my self funded fools journey here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fear-collecting-ritual-a-fools-journey#/.
Artist Supplied Background:
Dancing between life and death, Lucien Shapiro’s art is rife with found objects, textures, cast forms, manipulations, raw substances, oddities and multiple personalities. Treating forgotten objects and memories as treasure, he creates a kingdom under which new life is born through sculpture. Urban Obsessions explores both artist’s and viewer’s perception of identity, addiction, and time.
Composed of elaborately constructed masks and ornately armored weaponry, this collection of works examines a relationship between modern waste and memories of ancient cultural artifacts. Practices and customs from the past are brought back to light through Shapiro’s revival of discarded materials, transformed into objects analogous with self protection. Behind masks and armor, we’re enabled with the power to separate and shield ourselves from reality, creating new identities through a deliberate opposition of our true selves. Urban Obsessions tangibly relates the past’s and present’s ritualistic escape from stress, pain and even love.
Utilizing raw materials correlated to various forms of addiction such as drugs, violence, and collections, Shapiro’s sculptures embody the act of compulsive preoccupation. Through his own addiction to the process of painstaking repetition and meticulousness of his craft, we are presented with works that challenge preconceived notions of habits, impulses, and dependencies. Evident in his art is an acceptance of whatever result would come from the consolidation and manipulation of numerous imperfections.
In today’s day and age, the ease at which information and products are made available has led to a continual state of over-consumption. Everyday items have become neglectfully disposable, and there is an immediate desire for what’s new and what’s next. Shapiro’s work, a laborious craft and meditative consumption of time, transforms forgotten objects into nostalgically interesting and beautiful relics that compel viewers to re-evaluate what our everyday possessions represent and mean to us. Shapiro invites us to slow down, to not only gain appreciation for the artifacts that tell a story about who we are in this day and age, but to find inspiration in the value of time and craft.
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