New York, NY- March 27th, 2008 - Have you ever been captivated by a chair, hunk of metal, deer skull? Prepare to see the common in uncommon ways. Artist Linus Coraggio reinvents plain and "acquired" objects. Parking meters become seat backs, animal skulls become icons of a weird world, wasted metal becomes motorcycle sculptures and Barbie turns into an agent of the socio-political chaos that is Linus's view of modern life.
He will be presenting his art at the Gershwin Hotel on April 10th 2008 between 7-9pm. If you don't know about the Gershwin it is located on West 24th Street and 5th Avenue. Next to the Museum of Sex, it is a Warhol inspired, art-loving hotel--the perfect place for Linus's newest display.
LINUS CORAGGIO began drawing at age 1 and sculpting intricate cardboard and wood sculptures at age 8. He designed and built his first piece of furniture at age 12. He attended Music and Art High School in New York City where he met and collaborated with other local artists. Linus first began showing his sculpture in group exibits in NYC, (some of which he curated at spaces like ABC NO RIO) while still studying for his BFA at SUNY Purchase. It was during this time that he invented a
genre of street art called 3-D grafitti. After graduation Coraggio very actively participated in the blossoming East Village art scene. He formed and galvanized a sculpture group known as the "Rivington School" that created massive junk sculpture installations on the Lower East Side from 1985 to 1997. Linus attended the Whitney Museum Studio Program in 1986 and traveled to Helsinki Finland, Rotterdam Holland, and Lintz Austria to do sponsored public sculptures.
The Coraggio Studio, (1986-1995) was located in a former gas station on Avenue B and 2nd Street in NYC,which he transformed into sprawling sculptural installations of gates,towers and arches of welded steel. Coraggio has done both public and private commissioned works for Art organizations, Universities and Corporations in Noth America, Europe and
Japan. The current Coraggio Studio is in Bushwick Brooklyn, where he creates most of his welded sculptures and one of a kind furniture from metal he scavenges throughout the city and on his other travels.