Sculptor Carl D’Alvia to Speak at UA March 22

Carl D’Alvia

Sculptor Carl D’Alvia will present a public lecture on his art on Wednesday, March 22 at 3:30 p.m. in the Camellia Room of Gorgas Library on UA campus.

Connecticut- and New York-based Carl D’Alvia works in a sculptural idiom that is decidedly hyper-visual, artisanal and history laden. He has developed proprietary sculptural processes that co-opt existing means of traditional and industrial production. Drawing on sources that include megalithic monuments, toy design and the Baroque, the work encapsulates seemingly antithetical motifs such as minimal/ornate, industrial/handmade, comic/tragic, progress/destruction and attraction/repulsion. Hyperallergic art critic Stephen Maine described Carl D’Alvia’s “absurdist humor, masterful craftsmanship, and elliptical thinking of an artist for whom working at apparent cross-purposes is an end in itself: embracing irresolution, the banalities of existence combine to form imponderable conundrums.”

D’Alvia has had recent solo shows at Hesse Flatow in New York and Galerie Hussenot in Paris as well as previous solo shows at Nathalie Karg Gallery and Regina Rex in New York, Galerie Papillon, Mulherin + Pollard and Derek Eller Gallery. His work has appeared in group exhibitions at numerous galleries including Mother Gallery, Helena Anrather, Anton Kern Gallery, Jeff Bailey Gallery, The Hole, Regina Rex, Journal Gallery, Gering & Lopez, Yerba Buena Art Center, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Feature Inc., and White Columns.

Carl D’Alvia’s work has been reviewed in Artforum, Flash Art, New York Times, Hyperallergic, Boston Globe, Time Out and Village Voice. He taught sculpture at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and served as a guest lecturer and critic at the Rome Programs of the Rhode Island School of Design, Cornell, and Temple University. He was awarded the Rome Prize for Visual Arts for 2012-2013 from the American Academy in Rome. He received the BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 1987. His website is here.

Carl D’Alvia’s lecture is part of the Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series, sponsored by the UA Department of Art and Art History. To see our past and future visiting artists and scholars, go here:  

To find out more about The University of Alabama’s programs in studio art and art history, visit our Degree Programs page.