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星期四, 5月 19, 2016

Contemporary Arts International presents Mass Angst - a solo exhibit of Ted Castro’s work

Contemporary Arts International presents Mass Angst - a solo exhibit of Ted Castro’s work
  
Acton, MA – Mass Angst, an exhibit Ted Castro’s sculpture, painting, drawing, and stained glass, will be on display in the Red Box Gallery at the Contemporary Arts International (CAI) from Sunday, May 22 –June 27. An opening reception and meet the artist will be from 2–5pm May 22. The CAI is located at The Quarry, 68 Quarry Road, Acton MA.

Castro’s expressionistic pieces explore the themes of distress, and aspiration for inner peace. Using multiple mediums, he evokes anger, compassion, empathy, vision, and change. Castro is concerned with the human condition, especially interpersonal relationships. Use of heavy dark lines and lots of contrast in drawings show figures relating to themselves. Touching hands, interconnected limbs, and twisted people suggest how we get along with others.  Some pieces of sculpture are multi-sided; for example, in the sculpture entitled “TELL ME WHAT I WANT TO HEAR”, the sculpture can kneel upright, lay back on head and toes, or fall on its side. All positions offer different degrees of pain and prayer; depending on its position, one could also interpret the back of the sculpture praying while the front is being interrogated.  In the work “Compromise”, Castro portrayed a man with motion, moving forward, bold and determined.

As indicated in the title of the show “Mass Angst”, Castro is looking into his personal life, attempt to tackle the problem and learn why he feels that way, and put the feeling down on the paper with airbrush and charcoals.  Castro stated: “it is an emotional release when I mess up the surface and reorganize the visual with line drawing, a process in which I  look into my problems and solve the issue with art making. Some seem angry some look sorrowful. Most are connecting figures by touching, longing for that spiritual need with someone else.”

Castro’s show is part of CAI’s Rising Artist Exhibition Program, which encourages the emerging artist. As CAI’s Artistic Director Viktor Lois said “The psychological implications of each piece are extremely personal and powerful”. 


A graduate of the Pratt Institute, Castro is an artist for 26 years. He apprenticed at Martino Stained Glass Studio (Framingham, MA). He now lives and works in a suburb of Boston. Ted accepts commissions and creates works for private collections.