Monday, September 17, 2007
Writing about Alex Caldiero
I've had the pleasure of writing about the art and poetry and performance of Alex for more than a decade now.
"Intermittent Conversations" is the beginning of an essay written for the 1994 exhibit at the Salt Lake Art Center of works by Alex and 4 other artists under the title of "The Unclosed Hand."
I just posted this essay on my professional page, along with several other publications on performance and art and poetry. With Alex, if you worry about generic purity or about how to categorize his work, you're already a day late and a dollar short. He's got a whole set of interdisciplinary genes, inherited from his Sicilian parents, mutated by his Brooklyn upbringing.
Today in our class about LANGUAGE, Alex wrote the first two letters of the word "cry" on the board and declared that the C was the mouth, the r the tongue.
Here a couple of his drawings from that Unclosed Hand show that illustrate the visual nature of Alex's sense for words: