Robert Calafiore

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About the Artist:

Robert Calafiore is a photographic artist and educator based in West Hartford, CT.  When he is not in his studio elevating the ordinary to the extraordinary with his hand-made pinhole camera and vintage glassware, he can be found at the Hartford Art School where Robert is the Assistant Dean.  GALLERY 1/1 is pleased to present Robert's West Coast exhibition debut.

Biography:

Robert Calafiore employs a hand-built pinhole camera to create large-scale one-of-a-kind c-prints. The subject matter, a collection of ordinary glassware, is assembled by stacking and balancing pieces into a single tableau within a larger constructed set. It is then transformed by the unique recording characteristics of the camera's wide angle, the extended exposure, and the light-sensitive paper's recording of color. Calafiore manipulates the still life to control the results; altering the saturation, color, density, and translucency of certain areas of the arrangement. His interest in the process, traditional materials, and the reaction between light and chemistry, as well as the personal and universal stories told through everyday objects, drives the work in his studio practice. Elevating the ordinary to the extraordinary...the everyday to a magical place remains a primary motivator. No digital tools are ever used. Reflecting on the endless flood and speed of changing technology, Calafiore steps back and invests in prolonged experimentation, investigation and hands-on making that speak to a change in how we use our bodies, noting the change in the physical dexterity of young generations and in the way we all see, interpret and react to the world around us, amidst this on-going digital revolution.

Robert received his MFA in Photography from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his BFA in Photography from Hartford Art School. Currently, he lives and works in West Hartford, Connecticut where he is the Assistant Dean of the Hartford Art School. 

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SELECTED SOLO AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017

"Robert Calafiore and Joseph Minek", Gallery 1/1, Seattle, WA

"Focus Photo LA Top 20", Elizabeth Houston Gallery, NYC, NY"

"Portals", curated by juror Aline Smithson, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT

"Ed Friedman Legacy Exhibition", curated by juror Hamidah Glasgow, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA

2016

"Lost and Found", curated by David Borawski, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT

"The Tide is High", a group show curated by Jeff Mueller, Michael Levinson, and Christopher Joy at the Governor's Island Art Fair, Governor's Island, New York Harbor, NY

"Glass Invitational", a two-person show curated by Ann Welles, Exhibit A Gallery, Corning, NY

"Selected Artists", curated by Jeff Mueller, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, Chelsea, NY

"For the Love of Things; Still Life", curated by Godin-Spaulding, Albright Knox, Buffalo, NY

"Center Forward", curated by Aline Smithson and Hamidah Glasgow, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO

"Thunder Umbrella" curated by Christopher Joy, Silvermine Galleries, New Canaan, CT

2015

"Relics and Glass", curated by Debra Klomp and Darren Ching, Klompching Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

"Art Today; 2000-Present", New Britain Museum of American Art, McKernan Gallery, New Britain, CT

"One, Unique Photographs", curated by Debra Klomp and Darren Ching, Klompching Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

"New Works", curated by Jeffrey Mueller, Silvermine Galleries, New Canaan, CT

"Objects and Ideas", Five Points Gallery, Torrington, CT

2014

"Art of the Northeast", curated by Andrew Russeth critic for New York Observer, 16 miles of String and Gallerist, Silvermine Galleries, New Canaan, CT

"New Artist", Forre and Co. Gallery, Ft Lauderdale, FL

"Seeing Things, Seven Photographers", Dehn Gallery, MCC on Main, Manchester, CT

2013

"Looking Through a Glass Darkly", Five Points Gallery, Torrington, CT

"New Artist", George Billis Gallery, during Art Basel: Miami Beach, Miami, FL

2012

"In Focus: Recent Acquisitions in Photography", New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT

2011

"Plucking the Rainbow", curated by Ellen Carey, Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, NY

"Revealed by Reflection", curated by Chotsani Dean, Three Rivers Gallery, Three Rivers Community College, Norwich, CT

2009-2010

"Swimming Upstream", ArtSpace Gallery, Willimantic, CT

"Going Forward, Looking Back", curated by Stephen Halpert,

traveling exhibition to the following galleries:

Simmons College, Boston, MA and University of New England, Portland, ME and Maine Photographic Workshops, Rockport, ME and University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, Dartmouth, MA

 

CONFERENCES & PORTFOLIO REVIEWS

2017

Photolucida, Portland, Oregon

Month of Photography, Denver, CO

2016

ACP: Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Atlanta, GA

 

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

2015

"Images", an exhibition of contemporary photography in Connecticut, co-curator, Guilford, CT

"Objects and Ideas", curated by Robert Calafiore, including Emily Cappa, Nathan Carris Carnes, Rafael D'Alo, Chotsani Elaine Dean, Rose DeSiano, Lucy Helton, Alex Kozachek, Scot MacCluggage, Rachael Wren and Robert Calafiore, Five Points Gallery, Torrington, CT

 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

New Britain Museum of American Art

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Private collections in FL, NY, MA, CT and more

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Robert Calafiore and Joseph Minek: Color Darkroom Innovators
--Featuring West Coast Premiere Of Two Artist’s One-Of-A-Kind Color Prints Made With Analog Photographic Methods
September 21 - November 11, 2017
EXHIBITION OPENING: Ballard Night Out Art Walk -> Thursday 9/21 from 6-9pm
ARTIST TALK: Robert Calafiore Q & A -> Sat 9/23 from 2-3pm
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