Legal documents collected by the Artist during 18 months of legal battle on NY's Lower East Side in the early '80's sit below the broken glass of a suspect fire at his studio in 1989. Red neon sets the work ablase.
Mr. Roccos sculpture, installation and performances have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States and abroad, including New Yorks United Nations, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Asia Society, P.S.1-MOMA, Neuberger Museum, Herbert F. Johnson Museum and Arnot Art Museum.In addition his work is in public and private collections including the Berlinische Galerie in Berlin, Germany, Cornell University in Ithaca, New York; The Family and Children's Service Center of Ithaca, New York; the New Jersey Transit Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Station at West Avenue Jersey City, N.J.; and The Washington State Arts Council/Art in Public Places in Seattle, Washington.Mr. Rocco has been an artists-in-residence and guest faculty at The Banff Center in Alberta-Canada, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien and Die KunstFabrik in Berlin, Germany, Kunst & Complex in Rotterdam, Netherlands and a resident video artist at the Experimental T.V. Center, in Owego, New York since 1982. He has served as Guest Lecturer at numerous universities including Harvard, Columbia, S.U.N.Y. and Cornell, and been a member of the Board of Directors of ASCI /Art and Science Collaborations since 1998.Mr. Rocco is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. He has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Art Matters, The Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, and The Creative and Performing Arts Council of Cornell University, along with international support from the CBK Centrum Bildende Kunst in Rotterdam, the Netherlands Consul to North America, The Netherlands-America Foundation, and Martin Air Holland. Other corporate and public sponsorship and assistance has been given to him from, Regency Art Transfer of New York, SONY Corporation, the Dutch Consulate to the United States and The Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of New York.Mr. Rocco was born in Ft. Hood, Texas in 1953 grew up in Bronx, New York in the ethnically Italian neighborhood surrounding Arthur Avenue. He studied the Natural Sciences at Fordham University in New York and the Visual Arts at State University of NY College at Purchase, with sculptor Tal Streeter, photographer and musician John Cohen and printmaker Antonio Frasconi. Mr. Rocco undertook graduate studies at the Center for Advanced Visual Study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the instruction of filmmaker Ricky Leacock, technological-anthropologist, Heather Lechtman, and as teaching assistant to German Group Zero artist, Otto Piene.