paul rousso...this brooklyn born, charlotte transplant artist blows our socks off! his candy wrapper collection looks like real giant candy wrappers, but they are mixed media on hand sculpted acrylic. just take a look, and you'll be blown away too!
also uncanny.. pieces from his american currency collection
. . . taken from his bio . . . paul rousso began his studies at ohio's cleveland institute of art and went onto earn his bra from the california college of the arts in 1981. he takes on pop culture and its inherent conflicting sensibilities with hyper-size sculptural work in his document series using unique mixed media on acrylic. reaching immersions of up to 4' x 5' in scale, rousso plays on the ironic act of discarding elements such as money, candy wrappers, and magazine pages. For all of the production and manpower exerted in the crumpled appearance of these objects, rousso's satire lies in inflating their size to inescapable proportions. his practical experience in visual art was kickstarted with stints as art director and freelance illustrator for revlon, clairol, conde nast, and bloomingdale's. he was also commissioned for a special project with time warner cable area in charlotte, nc and as part of an interior design team for the home of robert de niro. his work has been exhibited at galleries in atlanta, charlotte, los angeles, new orleans and miami. rousso lives and works in charlotte and is represented by robert fontaine gallery.
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