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Aric Verrastro

Menomonie, WI

Artists bio available upon request

I have recently been displaced from living in a city, which has left an emptiness in my life. The creation of each piece has become a method to fill the void, and a reflection of the many aspects of city living. The forms are architectural, sometimes modular, constructed from steel, becoming allegorical representations of the energy of a thriving, vibrant environment. The variations of forms show diversity and are linked to concepts of dancing lights, and the beautiful musical chaos in the streets. Steel is painted with vibrant colors giving vitality to the cold, hard material. Stitching softens the hard-edged forms creating a sense of comfort and approachability paralleling my nostalgia for city life. The thread acts as a metaphorical timeline of an individualís pathway meandering through the busy streets. Each break in the thread signifies a person amongst the many. Although city living can often create distance between people, there remains a sense of connection and community. As jewelry, the body completes the piece as people fill and give life to architectural spaces, expressing the vitality and connection I feel towards the urban human experience.

3001 West 50th Street
(at 50th & Xerxes)
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Minneapolis, MN 55410
mon-sat 10 to 6
thu 'til 8
sunday 12 to 5