Tony Ingrisano, "Crosseyed and Painless"
August 17, 2012
Opening reception: July 18, 2012, 6-8 pm
Crosseyed and Painless features recent work by Tony Ingrisano in his first solo exhibition with the gallery. Informed by a variety of systems: aerial city views, power grids, and variations in river circuits, his drawings start with a simple mark and then grow into larger, more complex configurations, layering ink, graphite, watercolor, and collaged elements to create the final composition.
“I am in love with nature's part to whole relationships, where masses of identical elementary particles arrange themselves into wholes that are greater than the sum of their parts. The heart of my work has always been to latch on to singular forms, a pen stroke or manageable shape, and build it into a community.” T.I.
Ingrisano often reverses the additive process by cutting his drawings into slivers and re-arranging them to form new relationships and spaces. The spaces expand and intrude on one another creating tension which adds energy to the work. Pushing repetition to a point of excess, he forces a breaking point where something new and unexpected begins.
When not drawing, Tony teaches art to elementary school children through Free Arts NYC and to college students at Briarcliffe College. He has completed residences at I-Park and CAC Troy. Tony graduated from Pratt in 2008, where he was nominated for the Joan Mitchell Award.