B. 1954, United States
Tony Pedemonte started at Creative Growth making abstract drawings, rarely limited by the paper’s edge. Pedemonte often incorporates objects in his immediate surroundings, including other artists’ paints, windows, and other random materials within reach. It was such tendencies that eventually caused his shift to three-dimensional work and the obsessively wrapped sculptures he now makes exclusively. Despite aesthetic comparisons to fellow Creative Growth artist Judith Scott, Pedemonte never knew of her or how she worked.
Pedemonte's first construction consisted of crumpling up his drawings and using cardboard scraps and a stray spool of thread to wrap them together. He now works with wooden armatures or repurposed items like bicycle wheels, wrapping with one spool of thread after another until the structural frame is nearly concealed. Distinguished by their smooth texture, a monochromatic palette, and geometrically-driven configurations, Tony’s sculptures exude a presence that is both tactile and enigmatic.