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CAPRICE PIERUCCI

Callan Contemporary is pleased to present Currents and Cycles, our third solo exhibition by sculptor Caprice Pierucci. With their sinuous forms and progressive visual rhythms, the sculptures evoke the fluidity of water and graduated shapes alluded to in the show’s title. A minimalist simplicity informs these artworks, fashioned from pine wood and water-based paints and born of Pierucci’s time- and process- intensive technique. Their components converge like pieces of a complex puzzle, conceived and edited during an improvisational dialogue with materials, which she adds and subtracts from elegant, porous compositions. The forms, along with the intricate shadows they cast, appear to morph and undulate as viewers move around the sculptures, lending a sense of dynamism, kinesthetics, and interactivity. Whether free-standing, wall-mounted, or hanging, the pieces do not just exist in space; they activate it.

Pierucci grew up in the milieu of the textile-art movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Her mother, Louise Holeman Pierucci, was an important figure in that movement and instilled in her daughter an appreciation of the tactility and maleability of fabric arts. “Sculpting,” Pierucci has observed, “is like weaving with wood.” After graduating with a B.F.A. degree from Carnegie Mellon University, she earned her M.F.A. at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where she studied with Judy Pfaff and Ursula von Rydingsvard, both of whom influenced her work. Other influences included Eva Hesse, Dominic di Mare, and Leonardo Drew. Like her mother before her, she has combined a studio practice with an academic career and is a senior lecturer in the School of Art and Design at Texas State University. Her work has been featured in more than 100 exhibitions, including Caprice Pierucci: Dream State at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas and the major survey Full Circle: 40 Years of Making Art at Davis Gallery (Austin, Texas). Her works are included in prestigious private, institutional, and corporate collections, the latter including Morgan Stanley, Westinghouse, and The Four Seasons.

With their sophisticated finessing of organic forms and negative space, the sculptures in the Callan exhibition range a gamut of scales and series. Their surfaces, sanded to silky smoothness, embody a variety of chromatic moods, from subtle bone-white and charcoal to clay-red and jade. Although conceived as abstraction, they sometimes recall natural and human-made objects in the process of erosion or oxidation, imparting an emotional poignancy to their supple contours. Meditative, sensual, and serene, they speak to the passage of time, the ephemerality of experience, and the preciousness of life itself.

- by Richard Speer 

Sinuous repetition of form, texture, progressive rhythms, and linear abstractions are the images I was surrounded by as a child. I am drawn to natural forms: earth erosion, calcite in cave formations, wind on desert sands.

- Caprice Pierucci

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Caprice Pierucci White Cycle IV, 2022

Caprice Pierucci
White Cycle IV, 2022
Pine
24h x 24w x 13d in

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Caprice Pierucci White Delicate Loops, 2022

Caprice Pierucci
White Delicate Loops, 2022
Pine
60h x 70w x 8d in

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Caprice Pierucci White Delicate Loops, 2022 

Caprice Pierucci
White Delicate Loops, 2022 
Pine
60h x 70w x 8d in

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Caprice Pierucci White Vessel IX, 2022 (detail)

Caprice Pierucci
White Vessel IX, 2022 (detail)
Pine
60h x 15w x 6d in

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Caprice Pierucci White Vessel IX, 2022

Caprice Pierucci
White Vessel IX, 2022
Pine
60h x 15w x 6d in

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Caprice Pierucci Grey Full Circle

Caprice Pierucci
Grey Full Circle
Pine
37h x 55w x 6d in

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Caprice Pierucci Small Jade Rope, 2022

Caprice Pierucci
Small Jade Rope, 2022
Pine
16h x 32w x 4d in

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Caprice Pierucci Graphite Cascade, 2022

Caprice Pierucci
Graphite Cascade, 2022
Pine
65h x 58w x 6d in

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Caprice Pierucci Red Cascade, 2021

Caprice Pierucci
Red Cascade, 2021
Pine
62h x 20w x 6d in

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Caprice Pierucci Tri Cycle Bliss, 2022

Caprice Pierucci
Tri Cycle Bliss, 2022
Pine
90h x 52w x 10d in

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Caprice Pierucci Elsewhere White Cascade*, 2021

Caprice Pierucci
Elsewhere White Cascade*, 2021
Pine
96h x 60w x 9d in

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Caprice Pierucci White Wall Cycle, 2021

Caprice Pierucci
White Wall Cycle, 2021
Pine
19h x 19w x 6d in

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Caprice Pierucci White Vertical Cycle IV

Caprice Pierucci
White Vertical Cycle IV
Pine
72”X 10”X 6”

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Caprice Pierucci Small Jade Rope, 2022

Caprice Pierucci
Small Jade Rope, 2022
Pine
16h x 32w x 4d in

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Caprice Pierucci Charcoal Delicate Loop Pillar, 2022

Caprice Pierucci
Charcoal Delicate Loop Pillar, 2022
Pine
65h x 15w x 6d in

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Caprice Pierucci Vertical Charcoal Cascade

Caprice Pierucci
Vertical Charcoal Cascade
Pine
89h x 11w x 8d in

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Caprice Pierucci White Cycle IV, 2022

Caprice Pierucci
White Cycle IV, 2022
Pine
24h x 24w x 13d in

Caprice Pierucci White Delicate Loops, 2022

Caprice Pierucci
White Delicate Loops, 2022
Pine
60h x 70w x 8d in

Caprice Pierucci White Delicate Loops, 2022 

Caprice Pierucci
White Delicate Loops, 2022 
Pine
60h x 70w x 8d in

Caprice Pierucci White Vessel IX, 2022 (detail)

Caprice Pierucci
White Vessel IX, 2022 (detail)
Pine
60h x 15w x 6d in

Caprice Pierucci White Vessel IX, 2022

Caprice Pierucci
White Vessel IX, 2022
Pine
60h x 15w x 6d in

Caprice Pierucci Grey Full Circle

Caprice Pierucci
Grey Full Circle
Pine
37h x 55w x 6d in

Caprice Pierucci Small Jade Rope, 2022

Caprice Pierucci
Small Jade Rope, 2022
Pine
16h x 32w x 4d in

Caprice Pierucci Graphite Cascade, 2022

Caprice Pierucci
Graphite Cascade, 2022
Pine
65h x 58w x 6d in

Caprice Pierucci Red Cascade, 2021

Caprice Pierucci
Red Cascade, 2021
Pine
62h x 20w x 6d in

Caprice Pierucci Tri Cycle Bliss, 2022

Caprice Pierucci
Tri Cycle Bliss, 2022
Pine
90h x 52w x 10d in

Caprice Pierucci Elsewhere White Cascade*, 2021

Caprice Pierucci
Elsewhere White Cascade*, 2021
Pine
96h x 60w x 9d in

Caprice Pierucci White Wall Cycle, 2021

Caprice Pierucci
White Wall Cycle, 2021
Pine
19h x 19w x 6d in

Caprice Pierucci White Vertical Cycle IV

Caprice Pierucci
White Vertical Cycle IV
Pine
72”X 10”X 6”

Caprice Pierucci Small Jade Rope, 2022

Caprice Pierucci
Small Jade Rope, 2022
Pine
16h x 32w x 4d in

Caprice Pierucci Charcoal Delicate Loop Pillar, 2022

Caprice Pierucci
Charcoal Delicate Loop Pillar, 2022
Pine
65h x 15w x 6d in

Caprice Pierucci Vertical Charcoal Cascade

Caprice Pierucci
Vertical Charcoal Cascade
Pine
89h x 11w x 8d in

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Caprice Pierucci White Cycle IV, 2022

Caprice Pierucci
White Cycle IV, 2022
Pine
24h x 24w x 13d in

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Caprice Pierucci White Delicate Loops, 2022

Caprice Pierucci
White Delicate Loops, 2022
Pine
60h x 70w x 8d in

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Caprice Pierucci Charcoal Delicate Loop Pillar, 2022

Caprice Pierucci
Charcoal Delicate Loop Pillar, 2022
Pine
65h x 15w x 6d in

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Caprice Pierucci Graphite Cascade, 2022

Caprice Pierucci
Graphite Cascade, 2022
Pine
65h x 58w x 6d in

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Caprice Pierucci Red Cascade, 2021

Caprice Pierucci
Red Cascade, 2021
Pine
62h x 20w x 6d in

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Caprice Pierucci Charcoal Cycle VII, 2022

Caprice Pierucci
Charcoal Cycle VII, 2022
Pine
24h x 22w x 6d in

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Caprice Pierucci Grey Full Circle

Caprice Pierucci
Grey Full Circle
Pine
37h x 55w x 6d in

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Caprice Pierucci Tri Cycle Bliss, 2022

Caprice Pierucci
Tri Cycle Bliss, 2022
Pine
90h x 52w x 10d in

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Caprice Pierucci White Vessel IX, 2022

Caprice Pierucci
White Vessel IX, 2022
Pine
60h x 15w x 6d in

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Caprice Pierucci Elsewhere White Cascade*, 2021

Caprice Pierucci
Elsewhere White Cascade*, 2021
Pine
96h x 60w x 9d in

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Caprice Pierucci Small Jade Rope, 2022

Caprice Pierucci
Small Jade Rope, 2022
Pine
16h x 32w x 4d in

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Caprice Pierucci White Wall Cycle, 2021

Caprice Pierucci
White Wall Cycle, 2021
Pine
19h x 19w x 6d in

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Caprice Pierucci White Vertical Cycle IV

Caprice Pierucci
White Vertical Cycle IV
Pine
72”X 10”X 6”
 

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Caprice Pierucci White Cycle IV, 2022

Caprice Pierucci
White Cycle IV, 2022
Pine
24h x 24w x 13d in

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Caprice Pierucci Vertical Charcoal Cascade

Caprice Pierucci
Vertical Charcoal Cascade
Pine
89h x 11w x 8d in

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Caprice Pierucci White Cycle IV, 2022

Caprice Pierucci
White Cycle IV, 2022
Pine
24h x 24w x 13d in

Caprice Pierucci White Delicate Loops, 2022

Caprice Pierucci
White Delicate Loops, 2022
Pine
60h x 70w x 8d in

Caprice Pierucci Charcoal Delicate Loop Pillar, 2022

Caprice Pierucci
Charcoal Delicate Loop Pillar, 2022
Pine
65h x 15w x 6d in

Caprice Pierucci Graphite Cascade, 2022

Caprice Pierucci
Graphite Cascade, 2022
Pine
65h x 58w x 6d in

Caprice Pierucci Red Cascade, 2021

Caprice Pierucci
Red Cascade, 2021
Pine
62h x 20w x 6d in

Caprice Pierucci Charcoal Cycle VII, 2022

Caprice Pierucci
Charcoal Cycle VII, 2022
Pine
24h x 22w x 6d in

Caprice Pierucci Grey Full Circle

Caprice Pierucci
Grey Full Circle
Pine
37h x 55w x 6d in

Caprice Pierucci Tri Cycle Bliss, 2022

Caprice Pierucci
Tri Cycle Bliss, 2022
Pine
90h x 52w x 10d in

Caprice Pierucci White Vessel IX, 2022

Caprice Pierucci
White Vessel IX, 2022
Pine
60h x 15w x 6d in

Caprice Pierucci Elsewhere White Cascade*, 2021

Caprice Pierucci
Elsewhere White Cascade*, 2021
Pine
96h x 60w x 9d in

Caprice Pierucci Small Jade Rope, 2022

Caprice Pierucci
Small Jade Rope, 2022
Pine
16h x 32w x 4d in

Caprice Pierucci White Wall Cycle, 2021

Caprice Pierucci
White Wall Cycle, 2021
Pine
19h x 19w x 6d in

Caprice Pierucci White Vertical Cycle IV

Caprice Pierucci
White Vertical Cycle IV
Pine
72”X 10”X 6”
 

Caprice Pierucci White Cycle IV, 2022

Caprice Pierucci
White Cycle IV, 2022
Pine
24h x 24w x 13d in

Caprice Pierucci Vertical Charcoal Cascade

Caprice Pierucci
Vertical Charcoal Cascade
Pine
89h x 11w x 8d in

My most recent work is about eternity and time. The undulating rhythms in the forms speak to me of our mortality and the huge expanses of time that lead to one particular moment of beauty. I want the work to be beautiful, but to also have a deeper underlying place to reflect.
- Caprice Pierucci

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