Wolf Hill Studio

  FINE ART PRINTS     signed, numbered and printed by the artist
the project
  the project
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes.     Marcel Proust

My work has always been abstract, mathematic. Three years ago [2002] I was walking in the forest when the Fall leaves were all brown [it was late in the season], and I came upon a small patch of land that still had brightly coloured leaves. I went back there for the next two days and was intrigued by the colour, light and composition and returned home to begin working on some of the prints you see on this web site. Over the next three years I found myself returning to the same locations to see how things looked and how I see them now
. I organize these into grids, which I revisit at the same time each year. Much of this work finds it's roots in older codices such as The Golden Bough and I Ching

Each print is identified by a time stamp, a geographic location and a grid in which each image was found. This grid is the small area where I return each year.

Using an integration of abstract and realistic elements, the current work revolves around transformation in the natural world and the cycle of return; where death and decay reveal themselves to be full of light and colour. Some of these Limited Edition Prints are 64 pictures of the moment, which are named by the 64 hexagrams of the I Ching. These limited edition prints will be released on a schedule of 8 editions per year for 8 years, beginning in 2005. This new work is centered by specific numbers and the creative process is completely binary [information becomes form].

In 1679 an old Chinese manuscript fell into the hands of German philosopher Gottfried Leibniz, who was perfecting his idea of the binary system. Leibniz lacked confirmation of his theory, when proof came to him in the form of an eleventh-century commentary on the I Ching, a far older system of portraying the complexity of the world with a series of either/or combinations. It was understood to contain a secret code that would awaken human consciousness. There is also an ancient definition in Chinese that defines it as ‘generating new life.' The manuscript illustrated a sequence of 64 hexagrams, which Leibniz perceived as graphic proof that his own system of 0s and 1s was valid. The I Ching, or Book of Changes, is one of the oldest books in existence. Legend has it that the symbolic and mathematical structure was laid down by Fu Hsi some 5000 years ago by his observation of nature while living in the forest, revealed by writing on a turtle's shell. The present form dates back to King Wen, who ruled over 3000 years ago, and is based on 64 different 6 line figures, or hexagrams, each made up of combinations of whole and open lines, "that symbolize all states of being, or tendencies of energy orientation. The lines correspond to Taoist polarities of a whole, rather than as dualistic and separate opposites: Yin and Yang, dark and light, receptive and creative, female and male. They are poles of an interconnected continuum of changing proportions, shifting by degree in relationship to each other, relating to the movements of nature, proper conduct in society and the individual's fate in the world." Some forms employ the Chinese calendar, with a subtle interaction of Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches. Each hexagram, suggesting an image drawn from nature and the affairs of humans, visualizes this image into the moment of Now. From either/or alternatives, the I Ching's 64 possibilities sagely sum up the cycles of existence. The key to the structure and dynamics of life in human DNA is the same as the I Ching's 64 dynamic states of tension between the polar opposites of yin and yang, The ability of the I Ching's hexagrams to relate accurately to a particular moment was explained by psychologist Carl Jung as the principle of synchronicity, that which seems coincidental actually follows from the interdependence of all things. A hexagram, according to Jung, is "the Chinese picture of the moment."

  my past....well ok not everything   

Steven Cosimano

a few projects

Relocated the Chagall Window in the United Nations under Benoit Gilsoul
Glass commissions for clients such as the Chairman of Cushman Wakefield in NYC
Commissions for various architects in NYC such as Swanke Hayden Connell
Work published in magazines such as Connoisseur and Interior Design
Worked with Lowell Nesbitt fabricating custom and limited edition glass
Commissions for Historic preservation houses on Harrison St. NYC
Lighting project for LaMonte Young and the Dia Art Foundation
Glassblowing taught by Paul Seide and Steven Mildorf
Founding member of the NYEGW, now Urban Glass
Skylight for Frost Brothers, Corpus Christi
Group show in NYC 1979

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