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A Dialogue with echo: Artist Novado Cappuccilli

Interview by Tara Sasiadek:

The Buffalo Expat Network, the Emerging Leaders in the Arts and HandsOn Greater Buffalo are pleased to present the echo:
Art Fair which connects experienced collectors and first-time buyers
with emerging local, regional and international artists in a centralized
and creative environment; the Buffalo Central Terminal. echo:
Art Fair will showcase a broad scope of fine art disciplines, including
painting, photography, sculpture, print, works on paper, video and
combined-media. echo will commence with a VIP Reception on July 8th, 2011. On July 9th, the echo:
Art Fair will run from 9:30am until 5:30pm. The After-echo party, also
to be held in the Terminal, will take place shortly after the ending of
the fair featuring live music from The Albrights, Alex Kelly, and will
wrap up with a dance party featuring DJ Cutler and AVDJ PROJEX. Here is the next in a series of Buffalo Rising interviews with one of our featured artists, Novado Cappuccilli:

Who are you, and what do you do?

Novado Cappuccilli,  Artist, Curator and part-time Professor of Art at Onondaga Community College
What are the most essential elements of your work?

Mystery, sensitivity, organic, benign vs. dangerous
If you had to choose only 5 materials or tools to work with, what would they be?

Graphite, paper, oil paint, glue, wood
Would you describe your artistic education as a guided or self guided journey?

Guided.  Having the concentrated time and dialog about the work in grad school was an absolute necessity for my artistic development.
Do you have a connection to Buffalo?

I’ve met a few artists in the Buffalo Arts Center and have attended a recent fundraiser there.
Is there a Buffalo landmark or meal you plan to visit or have while here?

Not sure.  I’m participating through Exhibit A Gallery and am getting ready for a show there on the 22nd.  It depends on how crunched we are for time.
How do you define success as an artist?

Finding your artistic voice and creating the opportunities to share your work (via the artist, the curator, the director, the collector).

Can you share with a us a harrowing tale of an artistic disaster?

While curating, I had an exhibiting artist who used packing tape that was stuck to both her piece and bubble wrap that lifted off part of her image.  Much of her work was poorly presented: arrived with dirty mats, frames scratched & coming apart; not professional.  She was not invited to show again due to more workload and cost created for the gallery.
Do you have a set schedule for studio time?  How do you structure your creative life?

Hands-on time tends to be more in the evenings into the night, things feel calmer.  For some reason, my creative thought-process is quite active in the shower.

Teaching and curating creates designated studio time.  Having a deadline for a show can be helpful in creating more focus on the work.  Most people understand what a deadline is and can be helpful when having to opt out of other activities.
Can you tell us about where you find resources or inspiration for your work?
Aquatic life, architecture, micro organisms, hybrids, environmental blunder, contrasting points of view
What quote or mantra or words of wisdom do you have for other creative types?

(“Creative types” as in beginning or not-yet professional artists):  There are no short-cuts or gimmicks in creating serious, good work.  Popular work (work that sells) isn’t necessarily a reflection of good or bad work.  Having a strong foundation in academic art and knowledge of art history & contemporary art is extremely useful in finding your own voice. Making work is not always hands-on; the time you spent thinking about your work is also part of making work. Not everyone will understand this.

Critique/feedback is extremely useful in creating stronger art. The person who gives you the best art advice or critique may not be the person you like the most.  Listen to what people say about the work, think about it, and save what is useful.  It’s less painful when you remember that critique is about the work and not the person.  Know how to talk and write about your work in an articulate, meaningful way.

Smile. If you’re shy, the sooner you get over it the better.  It helps to be curious about who is around you. Be professional in all aspects of your art.
Where can we find more of your work?

Exhibit A Gallery in Corning, NY (show opens July 22, 2011), and the Finger Lakes juried show at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, opening July 23, 2011).  My website:, & the Stone Canoe Art Journals

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