ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 8, 2006) -- Ohio University's Alden Library will host an exhibition of selected works by abstract painter Mateo Galvano, Feb. 10 to March 18. The art will be on display in the Learning Commons, located on the second floor.
An opening reception will be held on Friday, Feb. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. In addition, Galvano will host an informal gallery talk on the subject of his creative process at the exhibition site on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 5 p.m. The public is invited to both events.
Entitled "Heartland," the exhibition presents paintings that employ a variety of media on canvas and wood, including Sumi ink, oil paint, enamel and pencil. Each work offers a unique interpretive composition that "deals with emotion without being Expressionistic." Galvano's art is not esoteric; rather, he says it "reveals itself and invites the viewer to find, perhaps, a reflection of the Self." In his work Galvano traverses "a path between chaos and contemplation, resulting in canvases that suggest intuitive maps to inner resolution."
"Most of the work is nonrepresentational," said Galvano, but some pieces "reference landscape or organic occurrences. Sometimes a human or animal figure appears. A boot falls from the sky and turns into a bird; a small girl is running to hide in the brush."
In regard to the creative process, Galvano describes "a combination of accident, of the artist's hand, and strongly colored forms and ruled lines." There is a "weathered look" inherent in his paintings, "as if they have been exposed to the elements and some of the paint rubbed or worn away."
Born near New York City, formerly a resident of Santa Fe, N.M., and currently residing in Athens, Galvano divides his time between projects in Ohio and New Mexico. His art has been exhibited in Boston, New York, Santa Fe, N.M., Norman, Okla., and Provence, France, and is included in numerous private collections throughout the United States and Europe. This is Galvano's first exhibition in Ohio.
Addison Arts Gallery in Santa Fe, N.M., and Mainsite Contemporary Art in Norman, Okla., currently represent Galvano. For more information about his art, please visit www.addisonarts.com or www.mainsite-art.com.
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