Mark Mastroianni ‘s “Natural Wisdom” at Woodward Gallery

September 8 – October 28, 2012

Opening the Fall 2012 Art Season is Mark Mastroianni’s “Natural Wisdom” exhibition at Woodward Gallery. Mastroianni returns to his unique gessoed tarpaper and mixed media paintings he had begun working with twenty years ago. The once abstract qualities in his work have now shifted toward a representational clarity and yet, Mastroianni continues to convey what he has always evoked so extraordinarily well: the soul of our objective world. The new body of work is imprinted with history: a lifespan, rather than a captured state.

Mark Mastroianni ‘s “Natural Wisdom” at Woodward Gallery

Mastroianni’s transfigured representationcreates something far more powerful than technically accurate rendering of familiar objects. Here, the realism of his fences, snowballs, hay bales, and salt mounds, is subordinated to a more primal force leaching from the color and light. The deeply graphic quality of each scene, the hyper-relief of lines and crevices that overtakes each piece, actually removes the representational aspect just enough to startle us. The effect is like that of a dream we recall for its precise details, for the emotional power of those details, made all the more potent because of how distorted they are in the waking reality of our lives.

The magic of Mark Mastroianni’s “Natural Wisdom” is in how each piece triggers our own memory of what it contains. His imagery become the ghosts of our own imprints in life, our own personal associations with common objects.

Mark Mastroianni ‘s “Natural Wisdom” at Woodward Gallery

Here lives the great empathy of this work. Artist Mark Mastroianni has created a series of delivery systems of our own capacity for memory. These littered tree trunks, snowballs, dead sunflowers. The seasonal shifts of light and color, the moody silences and cold snaps. They are our past the moment we step into the work. Their mystery reminds us of ourselves, of how we live inside everything around us.

Please join us to celebrate at the Champagne Reception: Saturday, September 8th from 6-8pm.

Artist Mark Mastroianni will be in attendance.

Celebrations will continue across the street at GHOST, 132A Eldridge Street

Exhibition catalogue available with essay by Writer David Ryan

 

One Response to Opening: Mark Mastroianni ‘s “Natural Wisdom” at Woodward Gallery

  1. Honored with one among the top leadership awards in 2011, Orrin Woodward presents himself to be an executive mentor, team leader as well as the executive management training expert. He is also the author of ‘Leadership Revolution’, the book that spontaneously became the best seller of Wall Street Journal, NY Times, USA Today, Business Weekly and Money Magazine.

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