ricci/collages Exhibition

August 9 to September 4, 2023

LIVE JAZZ RECEPTION ~ August 9th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

K.G. Ricci, a self-taught New York City artist, made a collage on a file cabinet in 2015. The creative possibilities of the medium immediately inspired him. Fifty cut and paste panels followed, visual improvisations on 20” x 40” or 2’ X 4’ hardboard. Next, Ricci completed another series on 8” X 24” hardboard with implied literary reflections or narrative lines. He categorized hundreds of his panels in series: Femma Dilemma, “Hotel Kafka” and “3:43 A.M.”

Recently, Ricci sustained his implied narrative focus in Numbered-Not Named, a series of original pieces, 6” x 9” on black stock.  His series: Random Thoughts in the Waiting Room, Wait…what? and his latest series, Incongruities, are visual flash fiction collages with a single word or a fragment of text in each composition.

K.G. Ricci has exhibited in 34 galleries including 5 solo shows and many more online galleries.    His collages have been published in dozens of poetry and literary magazines nationally and internationally online and in print.

Artist Statement  I work in a sort of literary/philosophical framework so within that context my reference points are the parables of Kafka and the aphorisms of Kierkegaard. Because elements determine content, the process of creation is both constrained and liberated by the available elements at any given time and it is the improvised procedure of choice, assembly and judgment that settles the argument. My work is not personal nor autobiographical in any way but rather seeks to address the “condition” we all share. That bring me to one of my favorite quotes by Kierkegaard, “I feel as if I were a piece in a game of chess, when my opponent says of it, ‘That piece cannot be moved’.”

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