Thursday, January 14, 2010


“When I am in my painting, I’m not aware of what I’m doing. It’s only after a sort of ‘get acquainted’ period that I see what I have been about. I have no fears about making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own.”

— Jackson Pollock


SYNTHESIS is a visceral manifestation of a collective experience. The work arises from bold gestural movements, dispersing bright paints, which are leaked, squeezed, compressed and hurled across the canvas, creating two-dimensional forms devoid of perspective, yet imbued with a monumental architectural quality. The resulting delirium of color, contour, texture, motion and emotion has the spirit and urgency of our time, while timeless.

"In an era when his contemporaries are celebrated for their appropriation of iconic arts imagery, Contrisciani, in tune with this resurgence, goes beyond a reassessment of specific fine arts icons and instead re-contextualizes aspects of salient art theories. He is not a dogmatic proponent of the Thesis behind those movements, nor is he creating a rupture with an Antithesis, but rather Contrisciani has created SYNTHESIS, new a body of work, which is derivative of select prior traditions advocating progressive explorations of color and line, as well as, freedom of form and expression. His work is replete with inferences to the inner spiritual resonance of Wassily Kandinsky's pure painting, and Jackson Pollack's action painting, as well as, the cross sensory synaesthetic effect of Albert Ohelen."

SYNTHESIS can be read as an experimentation in pure abstraction in which, as with jazz, the artist departs from conventional norms, improvising as he stretches beyond the confines of comfort to the edges of harmony and cohesion. 

The act of painting intuitively, challenging what has been learned by rote, occurs in a mysterious realm in which the artist surrenders to a playful game of push and pull driven by the spontaneous joy of superimposing optical elements to create a tactile surface saturated with non-calculated chromatic formations. Such whimsy requires the vulnerability to explore a child-like curiosity and a strong academic foundation upon which to take risks –Contrisciani posses both.