JOHN TORREANO  

Dark Matters Everywhere: Paintings, Prints & Sculpture
January 18 – March 23, 2013

John Torreano's exhibition at Carl Solway Gallery will feature a selection of work created between 1987 and 2012. He is best known for incorporating faceted gem forms in many mediums including painting, sculpture and printmaking. The gems may be three-dimensional and free-standing or they may be relief objects imbedded in painted wooden panels, thus combining two-dimensional and three-dimensional pictorial space. The gems in these often large-scale panels and sculptural columns form galaxy-like constellations. Torreano's titles often refer to actual galaxies in outer space and ongoing discoveries in astronomy. He states that his art exists between complete abstraction and realistic depiction of the world around him.

John Torreano has lived and worked in New York City for 40 years. He was born in Flint, Michigan and attended the Cranbrook Academy of Art and the Ohio State University. His work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago; the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. He has taught at New York University since 1992 and currently serves as Director of the M.F.A. in Studio Art Program. In 2007 he authored Drawing by Seeing, a book of perceptual drawing exercises for the beginning and advanced artist. Prior to teaching at N.Y.U., he acted as visiting artist or artist-in-residence in nearly every art school in the United States. His awards include grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Nancy Graves Foundation.

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Dark Matters Collide with Doradus, 2012
Acrylic paint, gems & wood balls on two plywood panels
84 x 84 inches
Dark Matters Rose and Blue, 2012
Acrylic paint, gems and wood balls on two plywood panels
84 x 84 inches

Dark Matters with C's C, 2012
Acrylic paint, gems and wood balls on two plywood panels
84 x 84 inches
Dark Matters Everywhere, 2012
Acrylic paint, gems and wood balls on two plywood panels
84 x 84 inches
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Star Field in Sagittarius, 2003
Wood balls, black gesso, gems and krylon on two plywood panels
120 x 120 inches
Swarm, 1987
Wood balls, acrylic gems, enamel on two plywood panels
90 x 120 inches
Double Spin, 1989-90
Wood balls, acrylic gems, enamel on three plywood panels
96 x 180 inches
Go-Grain, 1987
Wood balls, gold leaf on plywood
72 x 72 inches
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Jewel/Paint, Paint/Jewel, 1986-2011
Wood balls, acrylic gems, enamel on plywood panels
36 x 36 inches
Mirage, 1990
Enamel, wood balls on plywood
48 x 48 inches
Paint in Some Holes, 1995
Acrylic paint and gems on plywood 42 x 42 inches with 2 x 4 inch snub nose frame
Shot, 1989-90
Enamel and acrylic gems, enamel on plywood panels
96 x 60 inches
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Gold Diamond, 2012
Gold leaf on plywood
10 x 10 x 11 inches
Diamond, 2009
Glass
12 x 12 x 12 inches
Wedding Column, 1999
Krylon, acrylic gems and wood balls on wood column
96 x 12 x 12 inches
String of Balls, 2001
Wood balls, krylon, silicon, acrylic and glass gems on cable 2 inches to 4 inches in diameter each
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Oxygems Series, 1990
Color woodcuts with embossing
Edition of 50, 31/50
29.25 x 36 inches each
Oxygems: Emerald Oxygems: Ruby Oxygems: Sapphire
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