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Every month the museum invites artists to install and demonstrate their art form at the de Young. This interactive program enables visitors to meet artists and gives the artists an opportunity to work with the public. Artists working in various media are encouraged to apply.

Visit the Periscope Project, the artists' online studio

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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.

Upcoming Artists-in-Residence

The Artist Studio program is made possible with major support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Museums for America program.