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Carlo Sampietro
New York, NY
Neighborhood: Bushwick



ARTIST STATEMENT: I am a mixed media artist working to heighten public awareness by visually demonstrating cultural issues. My process begins with the act of observation— assessing the complexity of the culturally rooted traditions and social issues that inform and shape people’s lives. I study landscape evolution, human preconceptions, use of natural resources, similarities and differences between societies, cultures, and cities. I take this information and translate my findings into multimedia and found-object installation art. Repurposing these found materials allows me to explain complex social issues to the public from a new angle. I choose my medium according to what best speaks to the audience I wish to reach with a particular work. My work examines the relationships between objects, their intended use and their potential. For me these relationships are a metaphor for the human condition.
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  • PopDogs
    2011
    Pop Dogs is a mobile installation that takes the traditional popcorn machine and replaces its edible content with plastic toy dogs as an expression of dog overpopulation in crowded urban landscapes wo

  • Bunda Pandeiro
    2012
    Bunda Pandeiro is the first part of a trilogy that explores the rules of gender and race in the contemporary world. If you enjoyed the first of this series, please share this with your friends. In Br

  • Police Barrier Table Masterpiece
    2012
    Walnut, Steel, Resin, LID light, additional outlet for personal use.   L 98in W 32in H 28in
    My work adheres to the aesthetic standards of high craft. In other words, the execution is just as important as the concept, and the viewer is able to appreciate both with equal measure. An elegant

  • Acqueduct
    2011
    In America, we think of water as something that we consume, while people who live in third world countries think of water as something to keep them alive. Acqueduct focuses on our failure to perceive

  • The Street is in the House
    2009
    The Urban Sculpture Series celebrates New York City and the objects that inhabit it. Sampietro creates contemporary dioramas which provide commentary on the cultural melting pot of city life, as well

  • Taxi Tunnel
    2009
    This installation depicts, through a series of historical sounds and images, the city of New York through the evolution of one of its most recognizable characters, the New York City taxi cab. Artis

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