The Smile Tree
Color photocopy on wood plaque, gesso, glue and acrylic paint
9 x 6.6 inches
Series: Plaques in Absentia
Signed verso ink
Courtesy of the artist
Fair Market Value
BIO: Al Volo was born in Buffalo in 1954. He received a BA in philosophy from Buffalo State College. In 2009, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center organized a solo exhibition of Volo’s work, entitled Thrilling for Beauty. Volo has exhibited extensively in Western New York and elsewhere including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Burchfield Penney Art Center, the Harbourfront Center in Toronto, Maryland Art Place, University at Buffalo Art Gallery, Big Orbit Gallery and many others. His work was featured in the 2005 and 2007 editions of the juried, collaborative regional exhibition, Beyond/In Western New York. Volo is best known for his thought-provoking sculptural work that includes found materials, notably kitsch and tchotchke objects. Volo lives, works and writes from his farm in Eden, NY.
STATEMENT: What comes of all the enticing, ephemeral smiles I see on people’s faces, on pages, on screens, in windows, on myself for myself and others? I gather a few paper smiles, gather a sun-setting world and its bare tree, I give this tree a few unlikely fruits, a few smiles.