Art­work with ‘a hid­den vi­bra­tion’

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - NEWS - JEF­FREY TILLOU AN­TIQUES

LITCHFIELD — Jef­frey Tillou An­tiques is pleased to present Mixed Me­dia As­sem­blage by John Sideli. The ex­hi­bi­tion will open with a pre­view re­cep­tion at Jef­frey Tillou An­tiques, on Sat­ur­day, Nov. 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. The ex­hi­bi­tion of Sideli’s work will con­tinue to be on view through Dec. 17.

Mixed Me­dia As­sem­blage is an ex­hi­bi­tion of ap­prox­i­mately 15 large scale works of mixed me­dia cre­ated by Sideli.

When asked to de­scribe the pieces that will be in the show, Sideli of­fered this in­sight: “My works are crys­tal­liza­tions in time at the pre­cise in­ter­sec­tion of all my in­ter­ests and pas­sions ex­pressed si­mul­ta­ne­ously with the same con­cen­tra­tion and in­ten­sity and with the same ec­static end in mind; that of cre­at­ing a liv­ing piece of art that car­ries with it a very high vi­bra­tion. I sub­scribe to the no­tion that there is a hid­den vi­bra­tion to ev­ery form or ob­ject and that com­bin­ing ob­jects care­fully tuned to each other with re­spect to their orig­i­nal form and pur­pose, color and tex­ture, phys­i­cal at­tributes, be they round or square, soft or hard, pas­sive or ag­gres­sive, can re­sult in finely in­te­grated and highly res­o­nant works of art. I rel­ish the process of dis­cov­er­ing those hid­den vi­bra­tions and then fi­ness­ing phys­i­cal re­la­tion­ships that ex­press their essence or tell a story. I am a cham­pion of the elo­quence of ev­ery­day ob­jects.”

Jef­frey Tillou An­tiques is at 39 West St. (on the Green), in Litchfield, and spe­cial­izes in 18th and 19th cen­tury Amer­i­cana. Hours are Mon­day, and Wed­nes­day through Sat­ur­day, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun­day from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For in­for­ma­tion call 860-567-9693. To pre­view the works of John Sideli visit http://john­sid­elifin­eart.com/

John Sideli was first drawn into the world of his­tory and ma­te­rial cul­ture when he be­came very in­ter­ested in an­tiques and old houses dur­ing the two years be­tween grad­u­at­ing from high school and de­cid­ing to at­tend art school. Sideli at­tended the fine arts pro­gram at South­east­ern Mass Univer­sity where two months into his sec­ond year, he met his wife dur­ing a bomb scare evac­u­a­tion. The courtship was brief; they dated for a few weeks and then eloped, quit school, and be­gan ped­dling an­tiques. It was the ‘60s.

Not long af­ter leav­ing school, Sideli and his wife had the op­por­tu­nity to work as care­tak­ers on the Con­necti­cut es­tate of the sculp­tor Alexan­der Calder. At that time, the Calders were mostly liv­ing in France, re­turn­ing to Con­necti­cut only oc­ca­sion­ally. When they did ap­pear, they were very en­cour­ag­ing of Sideli’s work and gen­er­ous in their ef­forts to en­sure it con­tin­ued.

Sideli con­jec­tures that was prob­a­bly dur­ing this for­ma­tive time in his un­der­stand­ing of art that the seeds of as­sem­blage be­gan to grow in his sub­con­scious. “Calder’s hand was ev­ery­where on the prop­erty and in the build­ings. His play­ful and in­ven­tive ap­proach made use of ev­ery sort of ma­te­rial, and ob­ject that you can imag­ine. Gar­den stools made of logs had penises; el­e­gant origami type birds were made out of cut up cof­fee cans and strung on string. A worn and bro­ken wooden kitchen spoon be­came a work of art with the ad­di­tion of an art­fully con­ceived brass wire re­pair. His sense of hu­mor and creative ge­nius were in ev­i­dence ev­ery­where,” said Sideli

His ex­pe­ri­ence liv­ing with the Calders and his in­nate draw to the aged and painted sur­faces of an­tiques and folk art co­a­lesced and when Sideli re­turned to mak­ing art, in the1980s, un­de­ni­ably per­co­lated up through his cre­ativ­ity to leave their mark on his creations. It was also dur­ing that time Sideli re­ceived some feed­back on his work that en­sured he would never put aside mak­ing art again. He said

John Sideli lives in South Eastern Mas­sachusetts, and has sold 18th cen­tury Amer­i­cana and Folk Art for over 50 years as well as ex­hib­ited in gal­leries through­out the North East and abroad. This is his sec­ond solo ex­hi­bi­tion at Jef­frey Tillou An­tiques.

Den­nis Griggs / Con­tributed photo

“Homage to Calder” by John Sideli.

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