Before my studio visit with Linus, he sent me a link to a video that a Filmmaker friend had made about him and his love of creating motorcycle art out of found objects, and the night before I went to see him he told me that he might need to move our meeting an hour forward because he was going out to Brooklyn to chain one of his other found object sculptures to a fence during the Brooklyn Street Art Show "Beyond The Streets" as a Guerilla Art contribution to the event. Between the video and the description of his planned journey out to Brooklyn, I got an idea of some of the things that he did, but it wasn't until I walked in the door to his studio that I began to see a more full picture of all of the ways that he creates. His studio is an adventure for the senses, with carefully placed sketches, paintings, welded metal sculpture, motorcycle art created from found objects including Barbie dolls, intricate ink drawings, uniquely sculpted and welded chairs and other useful items for the home and garden such as mirrors and credenzas that have been found and modified with the addition of pieces of metal and machine parts that have been welded and arranged with a beautiful order. Nothing is wasted in his creations and everything has its own rhyme and reason that through his careful placement reaches its own golden mean. And just when I thought I'd begun to get a grasp of the scope of his work, he began showing me the history of the furniture he'd made, with photographs of some pieces that had been placed in public spaces and private collections, and others that were placed throughout the studio, in the room with his sculptures and paintings and in other areas of the space.
At one point he mentioned that he had made wood cut prints of his renderings of his sculptural pieces, and in many ways those to my eye were in their own special category. I loved everything that I was seeing, but when he opened the hand made box where the book of his woodcuts was kept I was captivated by the beauty of the pieces. The wood blocks themselves are works of art and each one of the prints he's created has been designed according to the Artist's interpretation and vision he had of each sculptural piece that he included in the book, and his translation from three dimensional sculpture to a one dimensional print has resulted in a gorgeous collection because of his own unique way of seeing color, texture and space. His inventive use of ink to create textures and gradations within each piece adds to the unique and beautiful mastery of this form. Twenty-two pages in all, each one is a stand-alone masterpiece, and together they create a work of art of the caliber I have rarely seen. There is something extraordinary in the art and vision of Linus Coraggio, and the fact that I had seen his work so many times over the years, chained to fences, perched high atop street signs and in his fabled but not forgotten Gas Station art space brought my own New York City history to the forefront and made the memories of so many long ago years become etched in stark relief. Linus Corragio is a treasure, an Artist who has been creating unique and visionary pieces since he was a child, he is an integral part of the history and vibrant creativity of New York Art from years ago through the present, and his unique vision and history of making art is something that needs to be shared and celebrated as an encouragement to other creative spirits to help keep their spark alive.
In New York City
A Few Woodcut Prints
From A Book Of 22 Masterpieces
A Motorcycle Drawing From Childhood
Reworked And Revisioned