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F
red Di Vito
infuses his urban and pastoral landscapes
alike with intimacy and a deftly rendered natural light.
Though the views he portrays often stretch miles into the
distance, his compositions are edited with unusual strictness,
leaving a few clear shapes to direct the eye. The canvas is
then filled in with tone: the full range of colors and a bold
sense of light sources and reflections, which do as much to
guide the viewer around the painting as the actual form of a
tree or horizon. Di Vito’s palette is infinitely flexible, whether
finding the gold in a city sidewalk or depicting the purple in
a snowy country rooftop. In these subtle, unexpected shades
lives the emotional expressiveness of the artist’s work.
Di Vito’s city scenes are populated, with people appearing
undistinguished but purposeful, comfortably inhabiting their
surroundings. These players provide an element of dynamism.
By contrast, Di Vito’s country scenes are calm and still. It is the
sun and the power of its rays to favor one thing and shun
another that creates the tension in these rural paintings.
Di Vito grew up in the South Bronx and credits his
unique childhood for fueling his artistry early in life. He is
accomplished in several fields of industrial design.
Pathway Back Acrylic on Board 24” x 24”
Fred Di Vito
C
ordell Taylor
calls his sculptures “investigations of shape, color
and texture that define form and space.” Working in steel, as
well as in stone and wood, Taylor carries out those investigations
through constructions that mix a finely developed sense of balance
with an impressive ability to get the most out of the possibilities that
his materials offer. Having worked as a professional ironworker and
fabricator, the artist has a thorough understanding of what steel can
do, and how its strength and delicacy can combine to create pieces
that simultaneously emphasize and transcend gravity. In his pieces,
steel can appear to be solid or delicate, earthbound or airborne.
Manipulating shapes and forms is also a central concern for Taylor.
“I have found that using solid and hollow forms together adds
interest and intrigue,” he says. The airy outlines of squares will be
mixed through a series of heavier shapes in combinations that initially
seem precariously arranged. But there is a feeling of natural balance
to Taylor’s sculptures, where, as he says, “each shape grows from or
supports another.” The resulting works are blends of the natural and
the modern, bringing together the natural beauty of the American
West with the clean lines and formal experimentation of modern
architecture.
Geomet Series #154 Steel 18” x 15.5” x 5”
Cordell Taylor
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