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T
he “extensive study of layers in an abstract form” is how
Lawrence
R. Armstrong
describes his work. That interest in layers takes
several different forms in his pieces. In addition to creating convincing
illusions of levels and space in his paintings and prints, the artist also
constructs sculptural pieces that are an intriguing mix of two- and
three-dimensional imagery. Armstrong’s paintings, freely executed in
bright, dense strokes of acrylics on both canvas and aluminum, let
the individual strands of paint weave through and around each other,
giving the viewer a vivid sense of a multi-layered picture plane. In his
three-dimensional works, carefully arranged grids of glass break up
the images across a series of geometrically aligned planes, resulting
in an effect that is at once kaleidoscopic and harmoniously centered
and organized.
Part of Armstrong’s interest in layers and constructed spaces
undoubtedly stems fromhis training as a designer and architect. “I draw
inspiration from compositions in nature and the built environment,”
he says, and his works grow from his natural ability to pick up on the
subtleties of those compositions. Noting that he wants his art to be
“utilized to enhance modern space,” Armstrong makes pieces that also
challenge and transform our conceptions of that space.
amor 1.1 Glass 24” x 18” x 12”
Lawrence R. Armstrong
WilliamMastrogiulio
N
ative NYC artist
William Mastrogiulio
creates
large-format, lively combinations of color
and texture that are drenched with shifting light,
fluid movement, and raw emotion. Occasionally
incorporating outside objects, such as scraps of paper,
his dynamic, high-interest acrylic paintings explore
the visual contradictions between harmony and
dissonance, beauty and ugliness, and create a forum in
which these contrasts can coexist. “From the beginning,
experimentation has always entered into my creative
process, and I will use whatever media I think a piece
needs in order to bring it to fruition,” he explains. “I like
the idea of ‘saturating’ a work with as much color, form,
and movement as possible.” In this way, Mastrogiulio’s
work is perhaps an artistic expression of the intense,
frenzied digital world – we are constantly bombarded
with high-color images and movement, and his
paintings distill that experience.
Inspired by the post-war Abstract Expressionists, Mastrogiulio’s philosophy is simple – he wants to make art that he wants
to look at. Yet that modest tenet leads to art that is anything but simple. His non-objective work allows viewers to reflect
on the pure emotional tone of each piece.
William Mastrogiulio currently resides and works in New York City.
Kissing Rapunzel Acrylic & Paper on Canvas 78” x 96”
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