Sin­cere Ex­pe­ri­ences

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More than 8.5 mil­lion peo­ple live in New York City. That’s more than 27,000 peo­ple per square mile. They glide past you on the street, fill build­ings that reach into the sky, and zip un­der­neath in packed sub­way cars. And even with peo­ple ev­ery­where, the city of­fers a sense of pri­vacy, a place where peo­ple can get lost in their own thoughts, a feel­ing of iso­la­tion that cuts through the crowds. It can be free­ing to be amid so many peo­ple and some­how feel rel­a­tively in­vis­i­ble.

“The city is def­i­nitely an iso­lat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” says painter Vin­cent Giarrano, who uses that iso­la­tion to in­spire his works. “What I like about a sub­ject is that I’m see­ing some­thing sin­cere and about how they truly are. That changes when you’re with some­one or know­ingly ob­served. I pre­fer when some­one is in their own thoughts, even if they’re sur­rounded by sev­eral peo­ple on a city street. A per­son is more re­laxed and nat­u­ral, not act­ing for some­one.”

Giarrano will ex­plore these ideas in his new works be­gin­ning Oc­to­ber 12 at Su­san Pow­ell Fine Art in Madi­son, Con­necti­cut. For his show, the artist let the city and his fig­ures tell sto­ries. “For this show I was re­ally fo­cused on the nar­ra­tive ele­ment in my work. I love a sub­tle, quiet nar­ra­tive that speaks about the hu­man ex­pe­ri­ence and what real life feels like,” he says. “City life is also a big part of this show. I love ex­plor­ing the re­la­tion of the fig­ure with this in­cred­i­ble man-made en­vi­ron­ment. There’s amaz­ing en­ergy there, and the va­ri­ety of peo­ple and set­tings are very in­spir­ing.”

He adds, “Paint­ing con­tem­po­rary women is an­other fo­cus for this show. I con­tinue to find them to be the great­est sub­ject; in­ter­est­ing and mean­ing­ful on so many lev­els.”

New works in­clude city scenes like 23rd Street Sta­tion, a piece com­posed while ad­mir­ing the golden ra­tio, and the in­te­rior scene Brook­lyn Bed­room. “I love the char­ac­ter of in­te­rior space in New York City, es­pe­cially the rail­road apart­ment,” Giarrano says. “This is a paint­ing of my friend in Brook­lyn. I wanted to cap­ture her life at this time; a young per­son start­ing off in the city. I think bed­rooms are such in­ter­est­ing spa­ces. Of­ten it’s the bed­room that... re­flects a per­son’s per­son­al­ity the most.”

In Sara in Sheer Dress, he turns his at­ten­tion to one fig­ure as she stands in front of a green­ish-blue wall, her pale skin and tat­toos on her back and arms vis­i­ble through her dress. “Sara is a friend in New York City that I’ve worked with be­fore. I love her style and taste in cloth­ing,” he says. “She also has an in­ter­est­ing mys­te­ri­ous qual­ity that I wanted to ex­plore through paint­ing her. For this piece I wanted to fea­ture the tat­too on her back. The sheer dress she’s [wear­ing] is a per­fect way of rep­re­sent­ing the tat­too as well as what I ad­mire about her fash­ion sense. Pos­ing her turned away also cre­ated a nice feel­ing of mys­tery. In this piece I re­ally liked the jux­ta­po­si­tion of the com­plex­i­ties of her dress with the sim­plic­ity of the back­ground.”

Giarrano’s new show will be on view through Novem­ber 12.



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