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Circumambulator

Site-Specific Installation by Nick De Pirro and Ian Williams

Circumambulator

Site-Specific Installation by Nick De Pirro and Ian Williams

The Cincinnati Arts Association’s Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts launches its eleventh exhibition season with the premier of three dynamic exhibitions: Circumambulator: Site-Specific Installation by Nick De Pirro & Ian Williams; Scenarios, Situations and Circumstances: Paintings and Works on Paper by Paige Williams; and Linked: Mixed Media Works by Tim McMichael. 

Nick De Pirro and Ian Williams are both graduates of The Ohio State University master’s program in sculpture where they previously collaborated on large-scale sculptures that incorporated a performance component inspired by popular culture. In a new venture, De Pirro and Williams have reunited to create Circumambulator, a large-scale fabricated conical steel sculpture, measuring nearly 13 ½ feet tall and 20 feet in diameter, which doubles as a racetrack for radio-controlled model cars. Taking full advantage of the public interaction and glass-box exposure of the Weston Art Gallery’s street-level exhibition space, the artists will stage live demonstrations during the opening reception and in a return engagement on Monday, October 17 as part of Enjoy the Arts’ 20/20 Festival. In addition to the monumental sculpture, the installation will include a garage “pit” area to showcase video and house the model cars when not in use. During the course of the exhibition, Circumambulator will be available to model race car aficionados to test the limits of their driving skills. 

Nick De Pirro earned a bachelor of fine arts in sculpture from Indiana University (Bloomington, Ind.) in 1998 and a master of fine arts in sculpture from The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio), in 2003. While completing his degree at OSU, De Pirro was a frequent participant in group and solo exhibitions in Columbus at such venues as the Acme Art Company and the Roy G. Biv Gallery. In 2004, he was featured in a solo exhibition at the Sculpture Center in Cleveland, Oh. He currently resides in Madison, N. J. 

Ian Williams earned a bachelor of fine arts in sculpture from Tyler School of Art (Elkins Park, Pa.) in 1999 and a master of fine arts in sculpture from The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio) in 2001. While in Columbus, Williams exhibited his work at the Connections Center and the Hoyt Sherman Studio Art Center where he and De Pirro collaborated on Flash Crash in 2001. In 2002, he relocated to Pennsylvania to accept a position as an admissions counselor at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

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