Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


Day 252: And More Capitol Box Art!

I've really been enjoying the view from the light rail this week, as I discover several of the Capitol Box Art projects that I haven't seen before.  This colourful example is at the corner of Capital Ave & 8th Streets:

The piece is entitled "Night Rhythms" & "Giant Orange," and the orange side faces 8th Street and the light rail tracks.  Most mornings this week were rather grey and cloudy or rainy, so the brilliant orange and fanciful artistry were even more striking in contrast.

The artist, Jim Piskoti, has a second piece on display at 16th & L Streets. He didn't include an Artist Statement on the Box Art web site, but here's his bio:

After receiving his Masters in Art from Yale University, Jim Piskoti taught painting and printmaking at the California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock until his recent retirement in 2005.  His large-scale paintings are meticulous depictions of the darker side of California life.  Interactivity plays a key role in his mixed media work, as viewers activate sensors that set the work in motion.  Since the audience becomes physically engaged with his ‘hands on’ work, they are forced to contemplate their own lifestyle choices and their relationship to Piskoti’s subjects.

Breaking from the typical rectangular format, Piskoti paints on wood and shapes each surface to suit the activities of his characters.  Although Piskoti touches on difficult issues such as environmental destruction, social inequalities, and America’s dependence on technology, his work remains playful, as seen in his use of bright, pop art colors.  His dynamic art is a testament to the fast paced life of the average American, in perpetual motion through challenging urban and suburban settings.

Piskoti’s painting titled, “Justice” is on display in the Crocker Art Museum’s The Californian art collection.


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