Buster Levi Gallery is pleased to present Mostly Monotype by Barbara Smith Gioia at 121 Main Street in Cold Spring, New York. The exhibition will run from October 7 through October 30, 2016. The opening for the show will be on Friday October 7, from 6-8pm.
Mostly Monotype is an exhibition of new work by Barbara Smith Gioia that continues her interest in the idea of: what’s in a line? Through monotype, silkscreen printing, collage and acrylics, the theme of personal expression through line continues to play a significant role in her work. The selection of works in this exhibition includes mixed media collage paintings on canvas and monotypes on paper.
Connecting with people through art has always been a pursuit of the artist. The inspiration for her work comes from many sources; from her love for the natural world, to music of all kinds, and not least of all, the observance of, and empathy toward the human condition.
Working with mixed media in an abstract approach that emphasizes line is central to Smith Gioia’s oeuvre. She is an endless experimenter; always searching to incorporate new mediums. However, there are several printmaking techniques that she frequently uses to create the images on paper that are used in her collage paintings. Among the processes that Smith Gioia employs are monotype, silkscreen, woodcut and linoleum cuts. Her work is visually focused on the relationships that unfold as the composition develops via line, color and shape. Her process involves a combination of painted surfaces interacting with added collage elements all of which contain either other painted elements or a printmaking technique. Smith Gioia’s works develop slowly as she reworks the surface and composition establishing a dialogue with the painting. At a pivotal point, the work takes on a life of it’s own. She states; “I never really know where a painting is going to end up, but I most definitely know when I am there.”
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