found wooden chair, hardware, acrylic
8”x8”x2” each; 8”x70”x2” complete series
$325 each; $1900 for complete series of 7 pieces
“Re-Composition I–VII” is informed explicitly by a life-threatening accident that befell self-taught artist Daniel Belardinelli. The accident resulted in a shattered seventh cervical vertebra that needed replacement. Upon awakening from surgery, Daniel was told that the shattered vertebra was replaced with a cadaver's. Based on this experience, Daniel was inspired to create “The Art of Coming Undone" where the seventh cervical vertebra was painted red.
Therefore, “Re-Composition I–VII” is a contemplation on that traumatic experience. Using an old, discarded chair (cadaver) cut up into one-inch squares, seven works were randomly re-composed into new seven-inch by seven-inch compositions. Each composition was then randomly assigned a single, painted, one-inch square red piece. All seven re-composed works are vertically hung, in alignment, as the seven cervical vertebrae of the spine. The brass grommets have been added to suggest the foramina (holes) in each vertebra where the nerves and muscles pass through.
Randomness and order are especially relevant to this work and the interpretation of Daniel's experience. The random placement of the red pieces is akin to the random person's vertebra that was placed in Daniel's neck. Hence, his questions: “Who am I now? Am I male or female?" “Am I nice or not?" The process of “coming undone" incurs both chaos (randomness) and order (precision/grid). Since both of these factors come together as re-compositions, it is the artist’s intent that they provide a balanced union, abiding with a sense of interconnection, thus offering wholeness to all.
Book of Sassafras
found wood, book cover, leaf, acrylic
Book of Sassafras explores the random, formal coincidences that occur when observing natural and found materials closely. In this case, the sassafras leaf manages to accurately conform to the gilded borders of an old, leather book cover.
Looking or Seeing
found wood and frame, soil, doll eyes, acrylic
“Looking or Seeing" asks a direct question about one's perceptual awareness of the world. Do you passively look upon it or do you actively engage in seeing it?
Michigan Artists Gallery
Michigan Artists Gallery in Traverse City, MI now represents my artwork. Currently, the gallery is not showing any of my work. The work shown here has been sold.
Michigan Artists Gallery +
317A East Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49684
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