Vince Contarino‘s paintings are multi-layered canvasses that explore the very language of abstraction. He seems to delight in allowing you to see and yet not see what is present in the picture. His strict and controlled geometric shapes are in sharp contrast to the loose, energetic brush strokes that rush their way across his canvases. The resulting contradiction, tension, creates a beauty, an accidental birth of something more than what was originally conceived.
Here’s what he has to say about his work and process:
I’ve always been interested in the idea of seeing the artist’s hand in paintings, but also respond to work that involves conceptual thought and decision-making. There is a certain trance-like state that we all enter to varying degrees when we make our work, but I am invested in balancing that with more conscious thinking about the marks I make and the relationships they have to each other in the paintings.
Having a simple approach is important to my process. I love the economy of drawing with pencil on paper and the free-handed unpredictability of translating those ideas into my paintings, that in the earlier work were more directly fluid.
I worked for years like this until I eventually took a break from this approach and began making collage works on paper composed of discarded marks that opened up a more assertive and investigative way to expand the language of my paintings.
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