Von Lintel Gallery is pleased to present Eclipse — an exhibition of new work by artist, Rosemarie Fiore. The exhibition marks the artist’s second solo show with the gallery and her first in the city of Los Angeles.
Rosemarie Fiore’s unconventional paintings and drawings are made by exploding and containing live fireworks. She alters and builds devices to harness the chromatic and mark-making effects of smoke bombs to create vividly-colored, multi-dimensional works.
Large-scale abstract pieces boast complex, highly sculptural surfaces that hum with the vigor of experimentation and vibrant imagination. Using a rolling machine of her own invention, Fiore wields burning fireworks like paintbrushes to impart deep blues, rusted oranges and bright magentas onto paper. As the device spins and twists, expressive traces generate in its wake. The process continues with the artist cutting, scoring and tearing the color-drenched material into overlapping circles and lines; creating a dense tapestry that amplifies the firework’s forceful and unpredictable dynamic.
The more intimate pieces focus on the smoke. Here, the artist controls the aggressive burst of the firework to yield minimalist, ethereal compositions that capture the ephemeral footprint of the initial blasts. Clouds of transparent color land in concentric circles and blend with the ease of pastels. A spare collage of cut circle patches intertwine with rhythmic streaks and shimmering grit. In the end, the work is a meditation between machine and artist, chaos and control.
Rosemarie Fiore received her BA from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville and MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Solo and group exhibitions include: Weatherspoon Museum, Greensboro, NC; Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY; The Savannah College of Art & Design Museum of Art, Savannah, GA; The Bronx Museum, NY; The Queens Museum of Art, NY and The Franklin Institute of Science, Philadelphia, PA. Her work has been reviewed by publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Art in America, The Village Voice and New York Magazine.
Rosemarie Fiore lives and works in Bronx, NY.
Von Lintel Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of photography by British artist, Susan Derges. The exhibition marks the artist’s first solo show with the gallery.
Derges is best known for her pioneering technique of capturing the continuous flow of water by submerging photographic paper directly into rivers or shorelines underneath the night sky. She, along with fellow contemporaries Adam Fuss, Christopher Bucklow and Garry Fabian Miller, is internationally recognized for revitalizing the camera-less photography movement in the 1980s and 90s with the injection of dramatic scale, bold color and inventive process.
The exhibition features several of Derges’ unique photograms of natural shadows fixed over starlit skies made either outdoors or in a simulated natural environment built inside the darkroom. A hybrid darkroom containing both real foliage and constructed materials became the setting for another series of prints, also on view. Graphic architectural shadows invigorate tranquil ripples of water saturated in a palette of midnight blue, dusty rose and chartreuse green. The work uses new digital tools to combine camera and camera-less methods to create ambiguous, evocative imagery unhinged from the constraints of the concrete, external world. Utilizing the language of reflection, the artist continues exploring the changing and impermanent nature of internal experience and the wider landscape that surrounds and informs it.
Susan Derges' work is in the collections of museums around the world including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and The Hara Art Museum Tokyo. Notable international group exhibitions include Shadows on the Wall: Cameraless Photography from 1851 to Today at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston; Shadowcatchers at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and Water at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris.
The artist lives and works in Devon, England.