It's a Love Hate Relationship
Local artist, Frank Ciofalo, molds a powerful message into his unique art
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New York abstract artist Frank Ciofalo has a love hate relationship with technology. While he dedicates his time, passion, and career to constructing abstract sculptures made out of recycled computer parts, Ciofalo doesn’t even own a DVD or CD player. Instead, he chooses to listen to music via his favorite old records.
“I love technology,” he says. “Well, I make fun of it,” he continues in another breath. Ciofalo calls himself a paradox. He works for months on one piece, a process that involves searching for abandoned, old technology and using it to create sculptures.
Ciofalo’s goal is for his work to be a warning.
“I think that people may put technology above humanity,” Ciofalo says. He uses the term, “worship,” to compare mankind’s dependency on technology to that of something divine. Ciofalo has even created a mascot-like figure in his sculptures, which he has named, “tech gods.”
“There is a fine line over technology. It has too much control over us,” Ciofalo says, explaining he adds human characteristics to each piece to make that point even more powerful.
The message behind his work is strong yet abstract, which is why not all viewers of his art understand the concept. “Some people just see it as whimsical,” Ciofalo says, “but I kind of like having to explain it them.”
Ciofalo has had the opportunity to explain his art to thousands of people over the span of his 40-year career, which began with his first exhibit in New York City in 1972. The 61-year-old artist began as a painter but has been sculpting exclusively for 12 years.
With his passion for recycling and an eye for finding the beauty in discarded computer parts, Ciofalo finds the pieces that make his art in the trash and through donations from individuals and tech companies.
If they weren’t recycled, “these parts would usually end up in landfills,” Ciofalo explains. However, because of his passion and creativity they now decorate the offices of businesses, homes, and galleries around the nation.
Without a website or agent to help sell or show his work, Ciofalo relies on private sales, word of mouth, and exhibits around the country to bring his art and message to as many people as he can.
Take a look at some images of his art below.
assorted computer parts
tomorrow was yesterday
enamel paint on metal, acrylic on canvas, computer parts
assorted computer parts