francis giampietro
francis giampietro

Public Transportation 

particle board, 2x4s, tv, portable dvd player, and other assorted hardware 

"…  So God made a farmer."

8 lb. axe head and rubber

"I need somebody who can shape an ax handle from a persimmon sprout, shoe a horse with a hunk of car tire, who can make harness out of haywire, feed sacks and shoe scraps. And who, planting time and harvest season, will finish his forty-hour week by Tuesday noon, then, pain’n from ‘tractor back,’ put in another seventy-two hours." So God made a farmer. 

-Paul Harvey

"Nostalgia is a product of dissatisfaction and rage.  It’s a settling of grievances between the present and the past.  The more powerful the nostalgia, the closer you come to violence.  War is the form nostalgia takes when men are hard-pressed to say something good about their country."

-Don DeLillo

In Spring 2012 I had the opportunity to work with the 2nd grade classes of KIPP Explore Academy in Houston.  They were putting on a play about various habitats and biomes that sustain life on this planet.  For my contribution I built chalkboards that would serve as part of the set and denote which biomes the children were portraying at a given time in the production.  The parents of the students performing in the production decorated the chalkboards.  The hope was that the parents would ultimately have a physical manifestation of their own personal investment in the child’s education.

Special thanks to:

Mrs. Garcia and Mr. Yeagley’s 2nd grade classes

Their parents

The KIPP Explore Faculty and Staff

Jack Ericsson

Logan Beck

Disarming 

video,  2:48

2012

Special thanks to Dominic Giampietro

Untitled (Gifu)

Materials:  plywood, cedar board, cedar paneling, and a Styrofoam cinderblock

Caloric Converter 

Reconstituted cadaver pan, white pine, PVC piping, water pump, grip tape, galvanized wash tub, digestive enzymes and water circulated over pig bones causing their slow digestion.

2011

"Thy creature, to whom thou art bound by ties only dissolvable by the annihilation of one of us."

Reconstituted refrigerator, pressure treated wood, PVC, ice accumulated on frige evaporator coil over the course of the exhibition.

2011

Enantiomorph

Split wood and a mirror

2010

Prometheus, Elijah and the Pursuit of Perfection

homemade steel agility training sleds, truck bed liner, raw clay

2010

Tough Loving Care

These are some photos of a performance in which I used a 500 lb. tire to “draw” on the floor of the space. I flipped the tire over repeatedly leaving marks on the floor until I was exhausted.  The performance lasted about 12 minutes.

Here is a link to footage Grant MacManus made of the performance.  

Tough Loving Care

Grant also posted a clip of the second version of the performance at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston:

Tough Loving Care at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Reliquary

Materials: hair, resin, wood

Artist Ivan Monforte and I gifted each other with a resin cube containing body hair.  The impetus for this project came out of casual conversations we had around themes of sex, love, religion, marriage, martyrdom, intimacy, pain and sainthood.  The intimate and ritualistic action is in an attempt to speak about the simultaneous veneration and rejection of the body often found in spiritual and religious rhetoric.

Contrapposto

concrete, steel, wood, protein powder

2010

Additive Sculpture

Between Jan 6th and April 18th of 2009 I took on the task of attempting to gain as much muscle mass as possible.  Over the roughly 3 1/2 month period I took on a strict weight training regiment, supplement plan, and diet.  I hoped to explore body consciousness and images of power within the bodybuilding subculture first hand.  In the end I had successfully gained 35 lbs and had become completely engrossed in this conception of physical perfection.