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Dark Damp

Artist: Rico Espinet (American, born 1949)

Date: 1992
Medium: Steel, glass, and wood
Overall: 72 1/4 x 18 1/2 x 16 5/8in. (183.5 x 47 x 42.2cm)
Credit Line: Museum Purchase
Object number: 95.9.a-b
Label Text
Although Rico Espinet's sculpture Dark Damp is somewhat abstract, it suggests a person standing before a mirror. The top portion of the mirror is darkened, however, which obscures the figure's ability to regard him/herself clearly. The figure's body is comprised of four spheres. These might also represent inner states of being, such as intelligence, rational thought, soul, emotion, passion, or sexuality. The symbolic nature of Dark Damp invites viewers into a state of self-reflection and contemplation.

This sculpture was acquired for the permanent collection in 1995, when it was included in the museum's biennial Exhibition of Central New York Artists, a long-standing program that supports the arts of this region.


In a general statement about his work, Espinet wrote: "I explore relationships between forms, placement, utility and light." He composed Dark/Damp with two sculptural elements, an upright pole and a mirrored object that rests against the gallery wall. The standing form resembles a figure, with its round features suggesting mind, heart, soul, and sexuality. The figure stands before a mirror, the upper portion for which is darkened; he or she therefore strikes a self-reflective pose but cannot see clearly.


© Rico Espinet