2016 LATE SUMMER EXHIBIT
Guillermo Rigattieri creates sculptures with welded and wrought metals, three-dimensional snapshots of a solitary child engaged in whimsical escapades involving stylistically analog subjects of machines or wildlife. Like bronzed baby shoes, Rigattieri’s work tangibly captures something sentimental, though his sculptures elaborate on this motif by exploiting the moment, or that which is fleeting. A gesture, occurrence, or expression elicit in the viewer solemn delight. And, in spite of the sculptures’ fictionalized mechanisms and highly stylized animals and lead character, the exchange within each piece is instantly recognizable, tapping something younger within each of us. There is melancholy and simultaneous exuberance in the freedom of playing alone, and this is preserved fantastically in alloys by Rigattieri’s keen sense of nostalgia and fancy.