Joseph is spending October and November 2017 producing and installing a six-foot round stained glass window for Our Lady of Mercy Church in Itaparica, an island off the city of Salvador, Brazil. The name of the window is "Return of Nossa Senhora”. He have been blogging on the process, from the start.
Cover image for the Spring 2017 Issue Number 7 of Crabb Project's WORKING TITLE FINE ART.
Honoring icon Jackie O (aka 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. In this series Cavalieri celebrates the Chanel suits that she was know for elegantly popularizing in the 1960’s.
Silk-screened and kiln fired enamels on glass, 13.5 x 13.5 inches (34.5 x 34.5 cm), 2016.
This started the “Missing Episode” series. It shows Joseph’s fascination for renaissance architecture, cartoon characters, multi headed birds and death.
Purchased by a Simpson's writer and currently hanging in the Los Angeles offices where the Simpsons are created.
Shown in Cavalieri's solo show at the the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston (2014) “...stained glass is dark and achingly funny.”
--Cate McQuaid, Boston Globe, August 2009
Vitreous enamel, layered stained glass, solder
24 1/2 x 34 1/8 x 2 inches (62.5 x 86.6 x 5 cm)
First on view at Cavalieri's solo show at the Ivy Brown Gallery in Chelsea, NY (2016-2017).
Measurements: 15 x 15 x 1 inch
Medium: Silk-screened and air brushed (kiln fired) enamels on glass, set into a steel frame with LED lights.
A tribute to the life of the “First Lady of American Theatre” actress Helen Hayes. She won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and a Tony Award, and is a landmark theatre on Broadway. This portrait was her role as Queen Victoria in the Broadway production ‘Victoria Regina’ in 1935.
Inset shows John Lennon and Yoko Ono in front of the Dakota November 21, 1980.
Measurements: 12 x 16 x 1 inch
Medium: Silk-screened (kiln fired) enamels on glass, set into a steel frame with LED lights.
A tribute to the Dakota (72nd Street and Central Park West in Manhattan), placing the landmark building under a glass dome, like a sweet slice of cake or a protected jewel. Included in Cavalieri's solo show at the Ivy Brown Gallery in Chelsea, NY (2016-2017).
Robert Crumb (the animation cult hero whose characters Fritz the Cat and Mr. Natural became counterculture icons in the 1970’s) agreed to let Cavalieri use some of his iconic images in his glass work. They were produced during Cavalieri’s three month residency at the Museum of Arts and Design in Manhattan. The challenge with these works was to reproduce as close as possible a pen & ink drawing to hand painted enamel on glass. This panel is based on comic from the 1970s. It is all hand painted and set in a light box with LED lights.
Medium: Vitreous enamel, layered glass, flash glass, solder, LED lights
Size; 19 x 27 x 2 inches (48.2 x 86.5 x 5 cm
In 2010 Cavalieri worked with illustrator Robert Crumb to produce a series of stained glass panels he named the "Crumb & Cavalieri". When Joseph asked permission to use Crumb's images, Robert agreed, for most, except for a few. In an email correspondence Robert Crumb wrote “The worst is the one of the guy punching the girl’s head down into her body... That one definitely has to go... Besides, no one will like it, it’s far too “misogynistic,” dude!”
Vitreous enamel, layered stained glass, solder
19 x 27 x 2 inches (48.2 x 86.5 x 5 cm)
Permanent collection at the Italian American Museum in New York City.
New Yorkers know “San Gennaro” as a popular feast in Little Italy, but the original Saint Januarius I, of Benevento, has a assorted and pretty mysterious background. He is know as a martyr and saint. Legends claim that he died during the Great Persecution in 305. The faithful gather to witness the liquefaction of a sample of his blood kept in a sealed glass ampoule, shown on the heads of his admiring muscled audience. This sealed glass capsule magically changes from solid to liquid.
Storytelling has a strong connection to historic stained glass works, as in works of art in general. This work is based on a story of deep ocean diving. My challenge when designing and making this stained glass work was to create as many borders as possible to lead the viewers eye back to a place showing a diver in action. I hand painted the borders, and photographed the model to fit my concept. The image of the diver was silk-screened onto the glass, then the green water was airbrushed on the glass. All the paints are applied to the glass surface then kiln fired, a process that dates back to Medieval artisans.
Medium: Hand painted and silk-screened (kiln fired) enamels on stained glass, set into a non-rust stainless steel frame with LED lights
Size: 30 1/4 x 40 1/2 inches (76 x 102 cm)
Was included in the STAX museum in the "Visions of Soul" exhibition, and was shown next to Isaac Hayes' custom Cadillac Eldorado. Soon to be a part of their permanent exhibition.
In this work Isaac Hayes is surrounded by a divine halo made of power cars from the 1970s, including Cadillacs, Lincolns, and Mustangs. Mr. Hayes is well know for his hopped up 70s car collection, including a gold-plated Cadillac seen at the STAX museum.
Height: 16 inches (40 cm)