North, South & Home
       
     
North, South & Home
       
     
Glass Seurat
       
     
Madonna & Prada
       
     
Sanscriti Commission
       
     
Cinderella
       
     
Octagon House
       
     
Jackie
       
     
Brooklyn & Manhattan Landscapes
       
     
The 4 Seasons
       
     
Earth Cross
       
     
Gormenghast
       
     
Gormenghast
       
     
Tom Takes Flight
       
     
North, South & Home
       
     
North, South & Home

 

About the image: The tree is a classic representation of family and community. This tree is mature, flowering and extremely healthy. Like a tree, a community has a multitude of branches and roots bringing together people of different backgrounds and ages. This tree also relates to the Metro North route, traveling north and south. At the base of the tree trunk is an outline in the shape of Philipsburg Manor. The border is inspired by dutch tile design, showing the Dutch history of the community, while the bottom semi circles represent the rolling hills of Westchester in the fall. This design connects the station to the natural environment.

PRODUCTION: Once my design was approved, the MTA Arts for Transit department developed a 'scope of work schedule.' Working with the manufacturer Willet Hauser Architectural Glass Inc. in Winona MN., a schedule was set, the design redrawn to exact measurements of the windows, and Willet Hauser started to create these designs to size (33 x 42 inches each panel). Faceted glass is about one inch thick and is cut by huge industrial glass saws. Between the glass pieces is black epoxy, which expands and contracts in different temperatures. Since this panel is outdoors and just feet away from the Hudson river, it needs to withstand temperatures range from over 100 degrees to under freezing.  

INSTILLATION: When all 6 panels were complete in September 2009, the art was driven to the Philipse Manor station in Westchester, New York, and installed in the windows. In December 2009, the overpass was opened to the public.

TRIBUTE: Cavalieri dedicates this to parents, Catherine and John Cavalieri.

BACK STORY: “From the overpass you can see the Tappan Zee Bridge. My grandfather Stanislau Mosiello lived in Tarrytown and watched the bridge being built from the family’s kitchen window. My Uncle Toby would drive him down to the shore to watch the progress. Grandpa Mosiello was an avid walker and was excited for the day he would be able to walk the complete expanse of the bridge. The day before the bridge opened to the public in 1955, my grandfather passed away. Now my grandparents, parents and many aunts and uncles are buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. This is my personal homage to these relatives, a way of connecting their spirits to the Hudson, and a tribute for people living in this graceful community as they travel north, south and home.” 

Image: MTA Commission at Philipse Manor Station
2010
Height: 42 inches (106 cm) each
Photo Credit: Veronica Sharon

(MTA video)

North, South & Home
       
     
North, South & Home

To see image full screen, click (+) in top right of photo.

A GENTLE HUDSON WHISTLE
BEGINS MY JOURNEY
NORTH AND SOUTH AND HOME

MTA Arts for Transit commissions public art that is seen by hundreds of thousands of city-dwellers as well as national and international visitors who use the New York City Transit, Metro-North Railroad, Long Island Rail Road, and Bridges & Tunnels. As the MTA rehabilitates subway and commuter rail stations through its Capital Program, it uses a portion of the funds to install permanent works of art. Arts for Transit’s projects create links to neighborhoods with art that echoes the architectural history and design context of the individual stations. Both well-established and emerging artists add to a growing collection of works created in the materials of the system -mosaic, ceramic, tile, bronze, steel and glass. 

Image: MTA Commission at Philipse Manor Station
2010
Height: 42 inches (106 cm) each
Photo Credit: Veronica Sharon

Glass Seurat
       
     
Glass Seurat

Read the blog on the making of this work. This commission is based on a conté crayon drawing by French post-Impressionist painter Georges Seurat (1859- 1891). The figure is an study of figure that was later used in Seurat's popular painting titled "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" (1884). This glass version is made of 20 double layered, fused glass panels, which are set into an existing back lit wall, between the kitchen and living space. The black areas of the glass has texture. 

Size: 57 x 67 (144 x 170 cm) 2016

Translated, produced and installed by Joseph Cavalieri.  
Private commission.

Madonna & Prada
       
     
Madonna & Prada

"Madonna & Prada” commissioned in 2013, and currently in the permanent collection of the Museum of Arts and Design (NYC).

This multiple layered stained glass triptych tells the story of a modern day Madonna and her favorite accessories. Traditional religious paintings typically shows Madonna caressing the Baby Jesus. The Christ Child is replaced with a Gothic version of a Prada shoe. Within the work other accessories beautifully collide with medieval architecture and clothing in this hand painted stained glass window which is set into a light box. This work illustrates the story of how Madonna would live now, in the 21st century, and questions has fashion replaced motherhood?

The central figure is modeled after Paris Hilton.

The process of working with the collections & acquisition committee at MAD started with presenting 5 different designs, and continued with revisions until the work was approved by the committee.

Size: 36 x 17 1/4 x 4 1/4
Hand painted kiln fired enamel on glass set into a stainless steel light box with LED lighting.

Sanscriti Commission
       
     
Sanscriti Commission

Artwork designed, produced and installed during Cavalieri's 2010 residency at the Sanskriti Kendra Foundation in Delhi, India. The horses relate to the life sized ceramic horses on the property of the foundation. Formal gardens are seen through the clear sections of the glass.

Size: 30 x 40 inches (76 x 100 cm) 2010

Cinderella
       
     
Cinderella

(private commission) Magical characters of Cinderella, her fairy godmother and the magical pumpkin carriage come from an existing antique slide. They are combined on stage in front of an audience of muscle men. 

Medium: Hand painted and air-brushed enamels kiln fired on glass,
LED lights, wooden frame

Size: 23 x 23 x 2 1/2 inches (59 x 29 x 7 cm)

Date: 2015

Octagon House
       
     
Octagon House

(private commission) The Armour-Stiner House, a classical, elaborately detailed private home in Irvirngton, New York. This image of the house is from a 1882 photo, and was done as a private commission for the current owners of the home. 

Medium: Silk screened and air-brushed enamels kiln fired on glass,
LED lights, stainless steel frame

Size: 14 3/4 x 16 x 1 inches (38 x40 x 3 cm)

Date 2015

Jackie
       
     
Jackie

This commission honors Jacqueline “Jackie” Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. First Lady, fashion setter, leader of the historic preservation campaign to prevent demolition of historic buildings including New York’s Grand Central Terminal. This work celebrates the Chanel suits that she was know for elegantly popularizing in the 1960’s. The work is illuminated by natural light during the day, and LED at night, and is set into a hinged door to allow access to the window.  
2014
Height: 55 inches (140 cm)

Brooklyn & Manhattan Landscapes
       
     
Brooklyn & Manhattan Landscapes

This commission is made of opaque glass and has an illustration of the Empire State Building on the top half, and the Brooklyn Bridge on the bottom half. The illustrations are set into a ornate frame (within the glass design), and have a patterned background surrounding them. This is a classic and ornate design, with the background pattern matches the shape of the floor tiles. The work is illuminated by natural light during the day, and LED at night, and is set into a hinged door to allow access to the window.  
2014
Height: 55 inches (140 cm)

The 4 Seasons
       
     
The 4 Seasons

(click "+" in the top right of photo to enlarge) This commission is set into a southern facing window of a home on Central Park West in Manhattan, just two blocks south of the Dakota. The client suggested the theme of the four seasons. The top panel shows 'winter', with a barren tree with hanging snowflakes, followed by a yellow panel representing 'spring', with a blossoming tree. Next is 'summer', with hanging sunglasses, and 'fall' with apples.

It is made using hand painted and silk-screened imagery that is kiln fired onto the surface of stained glass. The glass pieces are soldered together, and set into a stainless steel frame. 

The work is illuminated by natural light during the day, and LED at night.  
2015
Height: 72 inches (183 cm)

Earth Cross
       
     
Earth Cross

This commission illustrates Cavalieri is interest in agriculture on other planets. He interview Italian scientist Stefano Mancuso to see what type of plant would be first harvested on the moon. “When the time will come that we will move on (the) Moon, then we will build big special greenhouse able to maintain temperature and oxygen at level compatible with the life; at that moment, in principle, (it) will be possible to cultivate any plant, or at least the more efficient in producing biomass as maize.” says Mancuso.

In “Earth Cross”  Joseph decides to show mature trees, representing a time past the introduction of maize, when plantings and construction are more developed, all seen through a religious porthole viewing mother earth. The rhythms of plants are in tune with tides, rainfall and the cycles of the heavens, even when they are living in that heaven.

2011, Height: 32 inches (81cm)

See video of this work here.

Gormenghast
       
     
Gormenghast

(detail) This commission is based on novels by Mervyn Peake and is made of kiln fired enamel on layered stained glass.

"The cats approaching the viewer, the trickling blood and the castle; always difficult to portray as it is famous for its non-specificity, are all given idiosyncratic and original treatment" – Sebastian Peake (Mervyn's son) June 2009

Height: 48 3/4 inches (124 cm)

Gormenghast
       
     
Gormenghast

This commission is based on novels by Mervyn Peake and is made of kiln fired enamel on layered stained glass.

"The cats approaching the viewer, the trickling blood and the castle; always difficult to portray as it is famous for its non-specificity, are all given idiosyncratic and original treatment" – Sebastian Peake (Mervyn's son) June 2009

Height: 48 3/4 inches (124 cm)

Tom Takes Flight
       
     
Tom Takes Flight

Hand Painted Stained Glass, solder, print
19 x 19 inches 48 x 48 cm, Date: 2012

A commission and gift from the wife (Angela) to her husband (Tom). The work is based the love of skiing using photos Angi suppled to Joseph. The border patterns based on Tom’s ski cap.