In 7th century China, fireworks were invented and have been painting the night sky to add that extra flair to festivities with rockets, falling stars and of course, flares. Now we fast forward to 2013, Rosemarie Fiore has devised a way to use the colorful smoke from fireworks into her paintings. AF attended the pyrotechnical color world of Smoke Paintings at Von Lintel Gallery last September 12th.
Explosive would be one word to describe the visual impact of Fiore’s work but of course it is appropriate considering that the nebular smoky spheres and plume-like streaks were created by exploding fireworks. Making a custom roller mechanism in a box, Fiore has innovated a method to have total control as the fireworks burn and each gem-like smoke pattern is like a brush stroke. There is an element of random results from the deployed fireworks but a pulled together composition grounds it. The effect is striking and expressive of movement. The haze like forms anchor the color saturated orbs cut out and adding dimension to the surface.
Seeing a fireworks display burst into the inky dark sky is captivating and beautiful. It elicits “oohs” and “aahs” from the spellbound spectators. Fiore manages to make an interpretation of that same reaction with these paintings. Instead of the luxury of a night sky, she did them on paper. Did she have fun creating her new work? I would think so. The exuberance of the color palette and the rhythmic forms illustrated that risky yet fun mood in what she produced for her show. The process may have been explosive but the end result is a real smile maker. It dances and plays with reckless abandon. It is not dour or born of angst. I just don’t see that. Her smoke paintings uplifts you even for a brief moment in the same way a rocket flare would in its short lived ephemeral beauty.
That is pretty much what art is all about. The ephemeral and elusive beauty that could last for a millisecond or an eternity. Clearly this can be experienced from her latest oeuvre. Fiore does display a certain “flair” that is combustible with such positive light. You can watch it burn and be gone but what a lovely way to burn.
Rosemarie Fiore: Smoke Paintings / On View: Sept. 5 – Oct. 19, 2013
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday (10 am to 6 pm) & by appt.
Von Lintel Gallery. 520 West 23rd Street. NYC, NY 10011.
art review by: Oscar A. Laluyan
select art images from Von Lintel Gallery courtesy of the artist
photography by: Max Noy Photo