The Japanese concept of “Ma” – a merging of time and space, holds a special interest for Peter d’Agostino, whose work crosses over time and space to unite references from disparate cultures and histories in highly personal video works. Mr. d’Agostino’s work reaches at once from the details of Hopi symbolism to the acquisition of language to the architecture of cities. Taking inspiration in events and personalizing them – a boy fallen down an Italian well, the coincidence of his own birth between the testing and use of the first atomic weapons at the conclusion of World War II at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the frustrations of Pierre L’Enfant – Mr. d’Agostino weaves cross-cultural, anachronistic narratives which exist outside the boundaries of time or culture. Like the notion of “Ma,” itself, his work is more involved in the spaces between than the points themselves. Mr. d’Agostino received his B.F.A. from New York City’s School of Visual Arts in 1968 and an M.A. from the San Francisco State University in 1975. Additionally, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples, Italy. Awards include four National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Visiting Artist Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, and a Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, MIT. He has exhibited nationally and internationally in shows including the Whitney Biennial, the Sao Paulo Biennial, and at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and has received numerous commissions worldwide. He currently teaches at Temple University.
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