Tony Pedemonte

Born 1954, Oakland, California
Has practiced at Creative Growth since 2009

Tony Pedemonte started at Creative Growth making abstract drawings, rarely limited by the paper’s edge. Tony often incorporats 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, Tony never knew of her or how she worked. His first construction consisted of crumpling up his drawings and using cardboard scraps and a stray spool of thread to wrap them together. Tony 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.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2019
NADA House, Governor’s Island, New York

2018
Outsider Art Fair, New York
Visual Oasis: Works from Creative Growth, Carson City
Process and Presence, Grand Rapids
Tony Pedemonte, Aesop, San Francisco
New Art Dealers Alliance Fair, New York

2016
Common Threads, 836M, San Francisco
Spotlight, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York
Take A Seat, St. Supery Estate Vineyard and Winery, Napa Valley, curated by Topher Delaney
Celebrating a Vision: Art and Disability, SFO Museum, San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco
Outsider Art Fair, New York
Maverick, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York

2015
Outsider Art Fair, Paris

2013
Outsider Art Fair, New York

2012
New Art Dealers Alliance Fair, Miami

2011
Revealed, Galerie Drylewicz, Paris