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Verve and Energy Mark the Colorful Sculptures of Peter Reginato
at the Hudson River Museum, Summer 2003

YONKERS, MAY 28, 2003 -Eight whimsical sculptures by Peter Reginato animate the Hudson River Museum's Courtyard this summer in a solo exhibition, Eye Candy: Sculptures by Peter Reginato, on view June 21 through September 7. The painted steel sculptures are colorful forms that play with balance and scale, lightly defying gravity as they rest on steel feet.

Reginato creates his sculptures with cut-and-ground panels connected by tensile steel rods or wires. Their shapes beckon and their titles, like Happy Happy Joy Joy and Good & Plenty, amuse. Reginato says, "Mostly of my stuff has been about the joy of life… (it) extends outwardly, almost generating from a center and going out with arms and legs."

Drawing and color are paramount for Peter Reginato. His shapes are born in the deceptively simple act of making marks on metal. For him, drawing is the spontaneous means of creating a powerful individual form and his use of negative and positive space demonstrates his commitment to form, neatly suspended between balance and imbalance. Reginato believes that each shape is individual and should have a different color. "Painting," he says, "helps free the structure and allows me to express myself more fully." His bold, primary colors serve another purpose - they alert us to the structural changes of his forms.

Moon Explorer, Happy Happy Joy Joy, Tristin, Big Vertical, Area 51, Starburst, Good & Plenty, and Green Piece are the works on display. Among the artists Reginato has said influenced him are Pablo Picasso, David Smith, Alexander Calder, the early works of Albert Giacometti and Henri Matisse. His anthropomorphic sculptures, in some instances likened to robots, titillate the imagination, while in the minds of some critics, his mechanistic figures are seen in another light - the obverse of playfulness - connoting unchartered, and perhaps threatening territories of interaction.

Born in Dallas, Peter Reginato studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and taught at Hunter College. His work has been exhibited at Adelson Galleries, New York, as well as at other museums and galleries throughout the United States. Reginato sculptures are in the collections of the Allen Art Center in Houston, Brown University, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and others. He is represented by Adelson Galleries.




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