Chris Caccamise’s work consists primarily of sculptures meticulously crafted from cut paper and painted with several coats of bright, high-gloss sign enamel. Talisman of Doom also includes four new videos. While many of Caccamise’s sculptures portray natural, and occasionally supernatural, entities, this show also includes domestic and industrial iconography and a greater focus on text-based constructions. Some of Caccamise’s pieces make overt art historical references while others provide subtle allusions to contemporary art. The most apparent of these art references is a true-to-scale recreation of a small Tony Smith sculpture to which Caccamise adds what seems to be the shingled siding of a house, in effect, “suburbanizing” it.
Caccamise received his joint B.A/B.F.A. from Rutgers University in 1998 and his M.F.A from The School of Visual Arts, New York, in 2003. He currently lives in Brooklyn and works in a studio provided by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s “Working Space” program.