CODAME Featured Artist
Paolo Salvagione is an artist who works at the intersection of engineering, participation, and levity. All his works balance humor and craftsmanship, the novel and the banal, the tactile and the conceptual.
Salvagione spent a half a decade circling the world setting up bicycle factories from Italy to Indonesia, mastering titanium fabrication after hours at Martin Marietta in Colorado, working on next-generation paint-application systems for Boeing, employing CAD software for hi-tech bike design in Marin — and even designing an atmospheric-dust collection tool for NASA. He has worked, for over a decade, as lead engineer on the 10000 Year Clock of the Long Now Foundation.
Salvagione was born in Chicago and at an early age moved with his family to Southern France, where he developed an affection for bullfighting. He spent his teen years in Albuquerque, New Mexico, living around the corner from Joel-Peter Witkin, whom he occasionally assisted with set construction and corpse transportation. He spent his college years in Manhattan reading philosophy.