Long Lost, the title of a new series of sculptures by Anthony Cervino, usually describes a person or thing of value once missing and recently found, i.e. a long lost uncle or a long lost pocket knife. The works of art shown in Ejecta Projects similarly suggests this liminal moment of memory and rediscovery. Cervino’s carefully composed sculptures set in beautifully crafted, glass-fronted, brightly colored wooden boxes resonate with a kind of sympathetic magic (the idea that through ritual, an object can influence action). In other words, the objects are valued not simply because they’ve been long lost; rather, they also radiate an uncanny sense of larger sentimental and cultural significance. Found and sculpted materials in each case are not banal detritus, but instead appear as archaeological relics of childhood narratives. Although the exhibition might at first seem to imitate the display of artifacts found in institutional, linen-lined museum cases, Cervino invites personal associations and the passionate psyche of childhood — adventurous play, maternal comforts, imagined heroism, lurking bogymen, and prayerful longings.

For instance, in a sculpture titled Regalia, Cervino’s own old work shirt — torn and stained from years of wear in the studio over twenty years ago — is pinned in its chartreuse case with golden, star-shaped pins, as if it were a battle flag or war-torn regimental uniform. Juxtaposed with a sculpted bronze medal (imagined by the artist as an award for protecting the moon) and a small painted, found cast-iron figure of George Washington, the assemblage mirrors the honored traces of grand conflicts and the fervent patriotism of warfare. Amusingly, the shiny gold head of Washington, in contrast to his gray, matte body, alludes to the practice of rubbing hero’s statue for good luck. Of course, such statue burnishing serves as another example of sympathetic magic, the promise that one’s interaction with an esteemed object will be auspicious.

Taken as a whole, Cervino’s work offers a wistful celebration of everyday possessions and poetic musings on an enigmatic past. Long Lost pays homage to the emotional valences and real histories found in familiar and strange things.

Shannon Egan, Director
Ejecta Projects


Please note: the glass in all of the cases has been removed to facilitate photographing the work. All photographs, Andy Bale.

LONG LOST (2018)
A N T H O N Y   C E R V I N O LONG LOST (2018)
Long Last [installation view at Ejecta Projects]
2018

A N T H O N Y   C E R V I N O LONG LOST (2018)
Long Last [installation view at Ejecta Projects]
2018

A N T H O N Y   C E R V I N O LONG LOST (2018)
Long Last [installation view at Ejecta Projects]
2018

A N T H O N Y   C E R V I N O LONG LOST (2018)
Long Last [installation view at Ejecta Projects]
2018

A N T H O N Y   C E R V I N O LONG LOST (2018) Artist's old work shirt, found star-shaped push pins, found cast iron George Washington bank, nylon flocking, found ribbon, cast bronze, linen, wood, paint, glass
Regalia
2018
Artist's old work shirt, found star-shaped push pins, found cast iron George Washington bank, nylon flocking, found ribbon, cast bronze, linen, wood, paint, glass

A N T H O N Y   C E R V I N O LONG LOST (2018) Artist's old work shirt, found star-shaped push pins, found cast iron George Washington bank, nylon flocking, found ribbon, cast bronze, linen, wood, paint, glass
Regalia
2018
Artist's old work shirt, found star-shaped push pins, found cast iron George Washington bank, nylon flocking, found ribbon, cast bronze, linen, wood, paint, glass

A N T H O N Y   C E R V I N O LONG LOST (2018)
Regalia [detal]
2018

A N T H O N Y   C E R V I N O LONG LOST (2018) painted cast bronze
Totem
2018
painted cast bronze
12" tall

A N T H O N Y   C E R V I N O LONG LOST (2018) painted cast bronze
Totem
2018
painted cast bronze
12' tall

A N T H O N Y   C E R V I N O LONG LOST (2018) found decorative plate, wood, linen, paint, glass
Cradle
2018
found decorative plate, wood, linen, paint, glass

A N T H O N Y   C E R V I N O LONG LOST (2018) found decorative plate, wood, linen, paint, glass
Cradle
2018
found decorative plate, wood, linen, paint, glass

A N T H O N Y   C E R V I N O LONG LOST (2018) painted cast bronze, daughter's hair, found elestic hair band, linen, wood, paint, glass
Relic (from Memory)
2018
painted cast bronze, daughter's hair, found elestic hair band, linen, wood, paint, glass

A N T H O N Y   C E R V I N O LONG LOST (2018) painted cast bronze, daughter's hair, found elestic hair band, linen, wood, paint, glass
Relic (from Memory)
2018
painted cast bronze, daughter's hair, found elestic hair band, linen, wood, paint, glass

A N T H O N Y   C E R V I N O LONG LOST (2018) cast lead candle, brass, wax, linen, wood, paint, glass
Last Wish
2018
cast lead candle, brass, wax, linen, wood, paint, glass

A N T H O N Y   C E R V I N O LONG LOST (2018) cast lead candle, brass, wax, linen, wood, paint, glass
Last Wish
2018
cast lead candle, brass, wax, linen, wood, paint, glass

A N T H O N Y   C E R V I N O LONG LOST (2018)
Last Wish [detail]
2018

A N T H O N Y   C E R V I N O LONG LOST (2018) found decorative plate knapped into a spearhead, brass, linen, wood, paint, glass
Beautiful Warning
2018
found decorative plate knapped into a spearhead, brass, linen, wood, paint, glass

A N T H O N Y   C E R V I N O LONG LOST (2018) found decorative plate knapped into a spearhead, brass, linen, wood, paint, glass
Beautiful Warning
2018
found decorative plate knapped into a spearhead, brass, linen, wood, paint, glass

A N T H O N Y   C E R V I N O LONG LOST (2018) collected books, cedar shims, wood, shellac, linen, paint, glass
At Long Last
2018
collected books, cedar shims, wood, shellac, linen, paint, glass

A N T H O N Y   C E R V I N O LONG LOST (2018) collected books, cedar shims, wood, shellac, linen, paint, glass
At Long Last
2018
collected books, cedar shims, wood, shellac, linen, paint, glass

A N T H O N Y   C E R V I N O LONG LOST (2018) ink on painted steel, found signage, green push pin, linen, wood, paint, glass
Distant Past
2018
ink on painted steel, found signage, green push pin, linen, wood, paint, glass

A N T H O N Y   C E R V I N O LONG LOST (2018) ink on painted steel, found signage, green push pin, linen, wood, paint, glass
Distant Past
2018
ink on painted steel, found signage, green push pin, linen, wood, paint, glass

A N T H O N Y   C E R V I N O LONG LOST (2018) painted cast bronze, steel, found book, pink leather, brass, linen, wood, paint, glass
Rescue Party
2018
painted cast bronze, steel, found book, pink leather, brass, linen, wood, paint, glass

A N T H O N Y   C E R V I N O LONG LOST (2018) painted cast bronze, steel, found book, pink leather, brass, linen, wood, paint, glass
Rescue Party
2018
painted cast bronze, steel, found book, pink leather, brass, linen, wood, paint, glass

A N T H O N Y   C E R V I N O LONG LOST (2018) painted cast bronze, steel, found wooden tool handle, aluminum, linen, wood, paint, glass
Lost Patrol
2018
painted cast bronze, steel, found wooden tool handle, aluminum, linen, wood, paint, glass

A N T H O N Y   C E R V I N O LONG LOST (2018) painted cast bronze, steel, found wooden tool handle, aluminum, linen, wood, paint, glass
Lost Patrol
2018
painted cast bronze, steel, found wooden tool handle, aluminum, linen, wood, paint, glass

A N T H O N Y   C E R V I N O LONG LOST (2018) found photograph, found barnacle encrusted stick, a horse tooth, linen, wood, paint, glass
Manifestations
2018
found photograph, found barnacle encrusted stick, a horse tooth, linen, wood, paint, glass

A N T H O N Y   C E R V I N O LONG LOST (2018) found photograph, found barnacle encrusted stick, a horse tooth, linen, wood, paint, glass
Manifestations
2018
found photograph, found barnacle encrusted stick, a horse tooth, linen, wood, paint, glass

A N T H O N Y   C E R V I N O LONG LOST (2018) patinated cast bronze
Hardly Heard
2018
patinated cast bronze

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