Observed and imagined Impressions

The Observed and Imagined Works on Paper by Mario Prisco are a showing of varied works that display two different subjects represented and framed in their own spaces. The figure drawings made with cont’e on paper rest on the walls of the first room with the frames illuminated in warm spots of light. The second room is staged with a bright and welcoming lightness for the watercolor paintings to show their range in color. Both of these subjects show a range of technique that leaves an impression of smoothness in the artworks.

The figure drawings of the first room mainly seem to focus on the outline of the form and how it rests in space. Gesture lines outline the figures main body with a focus on where the body meets the cushion and less about capturing the full form as most of the detail on the hands and feet are omitted to emphasize the core of the form centered on the paper. The detail of the form is described by hatching and cross hatching in a dork red color to represent the shadows while the white was used to show the highlights. Grey paper used as the mid-tone asset in creating a balance to the value range in the piece to allow both the highlights and shadows to be apparent and definitive to reveal the sleeping figure at rest.

The more abstract works by comparison are more playful in color and shape. The simple polygons and circles move with sharp contrast in a measured space. There is a consistent use of yellows, reds, and blues that balance the composition and distinguish the planes the objects reside in. Patches of white peek through the color to show the true nature of the watercolor on paper and create the textured gradient visible in many of the forms.

The observed works of art appear to be the figure drawings with the evidence of the thin gestural lines that surround them to recapture the perspective and focus as the observer. The Imagined landscape with its multiple planes and compartments of color allow a more loose interpretation of the art. Both types of artwork complement each other in the gallery to show two different approaches for subject matter in a successful composition.

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