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Sculpture lecture and workshop held at Appalachian

BOONE—Catherine J. Smith Gallery at Appalachian State University presents a lecture by artist Michael Frassinelli Thursday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. in the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts lecture hall. Frassinelli’s talk is titled “Artifact and Fiction: The Legend of the Pianistas.”

A related sculpture workshop, titled “Making Artifacts,” will be held Friday, Oct. 1, from 2 to 5 p.m. in Wey Hall Room 106. Both events are free and open to the public.

In his lecture, Frassinelli will discuss his recent works that are constructed entirely out of piano parts. As a result of seven years of research through sculpture and related writings, Frassinelli developed “The Legend of the Pianistas,” a fictional account of a lost North American culture known for using nothing but piano parts to create all material needs ranging from masks, musical instruments and weapons, to totems, ceremonial objects and large-scale structures used for celestial navigation.

Frassinelli’s works are exhibited much like artifacts in a natural history museum, complete with documentation, sound, video, performances, and a fully illustrated catalog.

His lecture at the Turchin Center will serve as a preview of his upcoming show opening in January 2011 at the Catherine J. Smith Gallery in Farthing Auditorium on campus.

Frassinelli earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut. He currently teaches at the Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Mass., where is the chair of the Department of Art and Design. He also is the director of the school’s art space, the Dana Art Gallery.

Frassinelli’s work has been exhibited in various galleries around the Boston and Metro West area and across the state of California. He was recently a fellow at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vt., and was listed as one of the “10 Best in Arts and Entertainment for 2008” in an issue of the MetroWest Daily News’ “Year in Review.” Frassinelli has work in the Homer Babbige Library collection in Storrs, Conn., and the Helen Temple Cooke Library collection in Wellesley, Mass., as well as multiple private collections.

These programs are sponsored by the Catherine J. Smith Gallery with additional support provided by the Office of Arts and Cultural Programs Visiting Artist Series at Appalachian.