Works by Nac­carato, Sar­ran­to­nio on dis­play at Uni­son Arts Cen­ter

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - PREVIEW -

Paint­ings and works on pa­per by Diana Nac­carato and Thomas Sar­ran­to­nio are cur­rently on dis­play at Uni­son Arts Cen­ter, 68 Moun­tain Rest Road, New Paltz.

Nac­carato is ex­hibit­ing works on pa­per from 2014 to 2016 that were created at the Gowanus Stu­dio Space in Brook­lyn and the artist’s home in the Rock­aways. In these works, she seeks to un­der­stand no­tions of emer­gence, growth and be­com­ing, with sub­tle ref­er­ences to plant life and the move­ment found in nat­u­ral forms or forces.

In some of these works, rep­e­ti­tious mark-mak­ing forges ar­eas of con­cen­trated forms that dis­perse into va­cancy. Other works are the re­sult of a hur­ried, fluid ges­ture based on in­tu­ition and ac­tiv­ity. These works on pa­per in­vite the viewer to con­sider a space where in­de­ci­sion may min­gle with clar­ity, move­ment with in­ac­tion. They strad­dle the line be­tween spir­ited cel­e­bra­tion and solemn re­flec­tion.

Sar­ran­to­nio will be show­ing works created in the foothills of the Shawan­gunks area near the Old Gate­house Road in New Paltz, close to Uni­son. The fields here were re­cently ac­quired by the Mo­honk Pre­serve and, by

spe­cial ar­range­ment, the artist will do­nate a per­cent­age of sales to the pre­serve to be used for ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams and to in­crease ac­cess to pre­serve lands.

Sar­ran­to­nio’s paint­ings seek to me­di­ate be­tween realms of ex­ter­nal per­cep­tion and in­ter­nal re­flec­tion. They present them­selves as med­i­ta­tions on na­ture and self.

Choos­ing hum­ble, of­ten over­looked sub­ject mat­ter, such as the over­grown grasses at the edge of a field, he at­tempts to trans­late the dy­namic pro­cesses of na­ture into the sta­sis of phys­i­cal mat­ter on a painted sur­face. Small works are pro­duced di­rectly from na­ture, while large paint­ings are stu­dio pro­duc­tions that uti­lize mem­ory, ex­pe­ri­ence, imag­i­na­tion and con­cep­tual ideas to ne­go­ti­ate the ter­rain of con­tem­po­rary paint­ing.

The paint­ings are of­fered to the viewer as tem­plates to pro­voke ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion in the process of see­ing and quiet con­tem­pla­tion of the mys­ter­ies of con­scious­ness. His work can be viewed at thomas­sar­ran­to­nio.com/

The works will be on dis­play through Oct. 30. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mon­days through Fri­days and week­ends by ap­point­ment only.

Call (845) 255-1559 or visit unisonarts.org for more in­for­ma­tion.

IM­AGE PRO­VIDED

“Yearn­ing” by Thomas Sar­ran­to­nio.

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