Archeology, Line, and Space
"Upon arrival, you will notice five out-of-place-looking black smokestack-like forms standing some eight feet high on the gallery's front lawn. They are the handiwork of Jim Felice of Ridgefield, whose intention is to contrast the pastoral setting of the gallery with the implication of an industrial site."
D. Dominick Lombardi - The New York Times - July 22, 2001 "Art; Crossing Borders, and Not Just in Art"
"Smoke Stacks", shown above, is first in a series of work based on my investigation of industrial archeology and my fascination with a linear path.The intent of this particular installation is to allow the steel cylinders to decay with very little activity towards preservation. The appearance of holes, fallen pieces and piles of rust becoming it's ever changing aesthetic. Over time I hope that whomever assumes the responsibility of caretaker documents it's evolution
My initial experience with the subject, and my inspiration, was the work of Bernd and Hilla Becher. Then years ago, on a trip to JFK, the infinitely long run of columns alongside the highway that were being constructed to hold up an overhead rail started my fascination with the power of a line.
Presently, I am in the planning stage of a piece comprised of a large number of Smoke Stacks made out of bricks, their path forming a slight arch stretching through a field. Another possibility is the creation of the corner of an industrial building in the process of decay, with its steel structure revealed, each corner repeating over and over as the line cuts through space.