That’s the risk you take, that’s the challenge you accept- as you embrace art. Every time that you visit an art gallery.
“Scriptive Formalities” by Paul D’ Agostino poses you all that and more. It dissects right between your logic and your taste. At the first glimpse, you see abstract paintings with predictable symmetrical shapes in colors with varying positions and accentuations. In reality it is anything but simplicity. It’s a flashback of how you and everyone else conceived linguistic skills through its evolution to present.
As the artist himself unleashed, the coded logic and its linguistic links- it was an introduction to my subconscious where my linguistic skills took root and culminated- only that it was in figures and colors in this exhibition. The magnanimity of his thought process and his distinction of approach was far beyond plausible comprehension. As I took the tour, I was able to solve the alluring puzzle of this beautiful mind.
Paul at core is an acclaimed writer, creative artist, critic, poet and more importantly in this case, a multi-linguist. The way his dynamic mind jogs between so many languages, such as German, Italian, Spanish, French and Latin, to say a few and how they inter-relate with English within the process of evolution of each language for diversified allegros and dialects; is far more than just mesmerizing. It’s a learning, it’s a rehab, it’s a journey, a flashback, a witness of how it all took place. To me it became an intellectual retreat.
The way he has identified the 26 alphabet of English with the logical progression of colors and geometrical presentation is ecstatically remarkable. The process of his cognitive alignment and coded inter-relativity is just thoroughly methodical.
His scientific yet artistic work is his lifeblood of study that can serve a purpose from anything to child speech recognition and development, to reviving speech impaired and from music to non-native language learners. Scriptive Formalities is a true source of research and study for those who want to adopt language skills with strict emphasis of symmetrical codes and logical patterns.
Each painting manifests his short cut and economy of expression as an artist, as he shares his patterns of visualizing language in images and paintings- all the while, he amazes you with his mastery of logical routes bound in creative colors and palettes. To me it was his poetry through a paint brush. Economy of words with economy of fine art.
Scriptive Formalities covers everything from phonetics to art and from systematic memory healing to aesthetical manifestation. Paul is a maestro and his works will serve as a source of inspiration and study for generations to come. He is a storm chaser- from what I deduce from him. He caught and stored his thoughts like butterflies into his manifestations of Scriptive Formalities.
Undefined, untouched and rare- Paul takes you on a roller-coaster ride within an emotional paradigm of secret geometry and chemistry of colors. The vibe of this exhibition is nothing that you have felt before. At least for me it was completely unfamiliar. That’s the essence of art and that’s purpose it serves to feed my mind.
Scriptive Formalities by Paul D’Agostino at Life on Mars Gallery
February 5 – March 6th, 2016
Writing by Atif A K