"Beautiful Data," by October Artist-in-Residence Carlo Abruzzese

Mapping: Alameda County demographics by Carlo Abruzzese
October 7, 2015November 1, 2015

Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm plus Friday Nights until 8:30 pm
de Young | Kimball Education Gallery/Artist Studio
Artist Reception Friday Night, October 30, 6–8:30 pm: Join us in celebrating the artist’s residency with light refreshments

San Francisco–based artist Carlo Abruzzese transforms data from the US Census—demographic information that ranges from race, ethnicity, and religious diversity to wealth, poverty, and unemployment—into compelling and meticulous paintings.

Abruzzese’s tools are acrylic paint, graphite pencils, rulers and drafting film. With these he creates complex, information-rich paintings and drawings. This labor-intensive process is executed, without computers, by sorting through the numbers and graphs, collating information, sketching designs, drafting, then painting. The process allows him to synthesize the information creatively, resulting in accurate representations of the data through his artistic expression.

His background in architecture greatly influences his approach to art. Similar to the way an Architect takes information and transforms it into a new built form, he takes data and transforms it into a new visual form. This new way of seeing information can evoke discourse and insight into the world around us.

Carlo Abruzzese received a Master in Architecture degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was a visiting studio instructor in Architecture. He was named an Emerging Artist at the 2012 Introductions show at Root Division and was an artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center in 2013 and will serve in the same capacity at the Santa Fe Art Institute in 2016. He has exhibited throughout Northern California.

The Artist Studio program is a part of FAMSF’s Cultural Encounters initiative designed to attract new and diverse audiences to the Museums and provide exposure to emerging artists. This program is made possible with major support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services' Museums for America. Supported in part by Genuus.