In just one moment, an entire year's worth of work was lost for local artist F.X. Rosica. On Friday, May 23, thieves smashed out a window on his car in broad daylight and stole nearly all the work he was scheduled to display next month at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center.
IFCC Creative Director Adrienne Flagg says the theft was devastating to the artist and the center. Unlike some art installations, Rosica was debuting a full year's worth of prints and paintings about the passage of time as we move around on bus, train and bicycles. In addition to the artwork – bright copper plate etchings – specialized tools, prints and sketchbooks were also stolen.
A new and emerging artist, Rosica was chosen last year by the IFCC to spend one year on the themed installation. Flagg said they are currently working through different options to best support the artist. The center will be going forward with the show, slated to start on June 26, albeit with a much smaller presentation of work. Flagg said other artists will be helping Rosica to create a few more pieces for the exhibit, as the prints are extremely time consuming to produce. Rosica will also be including past work not originally slated for the exhibit. A wall will also be present at the exhibit for artists to make sketches of artwork that has been lost to them due to theft.
In response to the break-in, Rosica spent nearly a week and a half checking dumpsters Downtown, visiting the waste transfer station and posting flyers about the etchings and tools. The break-in occurred during daylight hours on Southwest 12th Avenue and Taylor Street.
If you have any information about the stolen items, contact the IFCC at 503-823-2070.