Formed with Functon • John Tursi : In-person and Online

3 March - 15 April 2023

(Extended through April 22)


Formed with Function is conceived as a sequel to Ricco/Maresca’s show titled Chance (December 1991 - January 1992), which was an exploration of the found object as art—an interest of our gallery since the 1980s that continues to this day. In this show, our focus is not so much the classic objet trouvé—that which becomes art by chance—but objects that were created with a functional purpose in mind, and whose aesthetic qualities both enhance and transcend it.


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John Tursi (b. 1961)

Tursi is one of the artists working at The Living Museum, a unique atelier housed in a former kitchen hall at the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens, NY—where artist patients and out-patients work on their oeuvres without constraints. The Living Museum was founded in n 1983 by the late Bolek Greczynski, an artist, and the Hungarian psychologist Dr. Janos Marton, who remains at its helm as director and curator. Tursi works across media to manifest the images that he sees within a book that exists in his mind’s eye.