Ocasiocasa Studio Gallery in the River District is offering a class on the process of sculpting with masking tape. In this exciting 90-minute workshop scheduled for Saturday, August 3, instructor Jeff Ocasio will teach participants the technique he developed for creating intriguing, totally unique sculptural works out of layers of molded masking tape.
Ocasio’s own sculpted figures are unforgettable. Some viewers think the doll-like figures are a bit scary, even macabre. Others find them cute and happy. “The weird and wonderful live and play on the shelves of Ocasiocasa,” Ft. Myers Magazine’s Cindy-Jo Dietz wrote recently, “putting a smile on every visitor’s face.”
Including art show judges.
Jeff and wife Dale’s sculpture Frank and His Flying Fish was selected by new Baker Museum curator and director Frank Verpoorten for inclusion in the Lee County Alliance for the Art’s 27th Annual All Florida Juried Exhibition. Another piece was chosen for the Art of Playing exhibit at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. And two more of their pieces were juried into Arts for ACT’s Sixth Annual Open Theme Juried Exhibition.
The Ocasios were also awarded Best of Show at the Alliance’s Art of the Book juried competition in February for their sculpted book, The Yearling Altered Book. “I’m blown away,” said Dale humbly of the award. “I saw a lot of terrific pieces and it’s an honor just to be accepted into the show.”
In the House of Ocasio, sculpture is molded, modelled, crafted and formed through the successive application of layers of masking tape over old vinyl dolls and other found objects that are recycled, upcycled, modified, customized and re-purposed into other-worldly creatures that spring from the fertile imaginations of Jeff and Dale Ocasio. Jeff experiments on these “found canvases,” using masking tape to give life to his one-of-a-kind designs. When he’s done, Dale takes over, adding water-based professional glue, acrylic paint and varnish. She also photographs each piece at varying stages throughout the creative process and collages the digital images into illustrations that hang on Ocasiocasa’s cream-colored plaster walls.
Many of these illustrations, along with short, stop-action films, can be seen at www.ocasiocasa.com.
The class on August 3 will take place at the Ocasiocasa Studio Gallery in downtown Fort Myers from 11a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants will learn the basics of shaping and applying the tape onto glass bottles. All ages (9 yrs & up) are welcome to attend. Tuition is just $10 per person. An empty glass bottle, a roll of tape, and assorted glass stones will be supplied by Ocasiocasa.
Space is limited, so please contact Dale as soon as possible to reserve your place in the class. You may email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, message her on Facebook.com/ocasiocasa or telephone 239-691-8292.
Ocasiocasa Studio Gallery is located at 1540 Broadway Street.