Dominic Esposito

Domenic Esposito is a sculptor living in the Boston area whose current focus is on metalwork. Seeing the strength of his technique, manipulation of materials andcreative potential, the Alvarez Gallery recently elected to work with the artist. Under the gallery’s wing, Esposito has embarked on an ambitious, personal and controversial project for the Opioid: Express Yourself exhibition.

Esposito is the son of immigrant Italian parents and was raised between two worlds in both Boston and Italy. In his work, the artist seeks to incorporate elements of culture that go beyond his roots. Running as an undercurrent to his sculpture is Esposito’s passion for architecture. Strong lines and foundational elements are critical to his work — draftsmanship and construction are nearly as important as aesthetics. In particular, many of his earlier pieces draw on architectural techniques of Asian cultures. Recent works are increasingly personal and wrought with social messages and cues that demonstrate the artist’s emotional awakening and desire to create visceral disturbances with the intent to explore loss and suffering. Esposito’s work is conceptual, with an aim to impact specific sectors in society that are or may be affected by human-created injustices.

Esposito has attended metalworking and design classes at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Stonybrook Fine Arts, Artist Asylum and Prospect Hill Forge. He currently works and resides in Westwood, MA.

Artist Statement

Creating sculptures out of metal has become my passion. Some would say, obsession. The sense of pleasure and accomplishment I get from finishing one of my sculptures is immeasurable. The burnt fingertips, the seemingly perpetually dirty hands, cuts and bruises that mark the plane of my skin are small prices to pay. In my view, metal is such a versatile and forgiving material to work with. With heat, pressure or a simple hammer, one can alter metal and coerce it into almost any shape.

Drafting and designing have become such integral parts of my process and daily routine. With each step requiring the use of new tools and fabrication of dies, at times I feel more like an engineer than a sculptor. The technical part of my art is nearly as important as the emotional and aesthetic part.

My work has been inspired by many facets and cultural experiences in my life. In recent work, it has lately been Asian culture that I draw from. My sculptures are contemporary, containing elements of industrial design, and employing both iron-working and blacksmithing techniques.

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