Art Critic by Christopher Piegza
Christopher Piegza is an American-born artist-in-writing. Pushing the experimental novels of A.S. Byatt (Possession) and Italo Calvino (If On a Winter's Night a Traveler...) to a three-dimensional level of self-referentiality, and internal allusion into the realm of external, topical and political objects, his practice depends on both constructing texts, as well as sculpting tangible counterparts to his work with words. Viewing performance as an action as well an enacted aftermath through words, much of Piegza's work consists of 'Performance Instructions', wherein the reader of such a text enters into contract with the script in an evaluation of where images and stories actually live. A recent set of 'instructions', embedded within a larger text, provided a reader/audience with steps to accessing an active email account (of Piegza's creation), that contained a story set in the inbox back-and-forth of estranged lovers; the work, 'Vandalism', used new technologies (email) to address an ancient form of communication (the love letter). For a sampling of his work: gmail.com...username: JhnMrkPaul...password: gthekb98.