Bruno David Gallery congratulates Carmon Colangelo for the acquisition of three of his paintings “Cartesian Shout,” 2018; “Cartesian Twist,” 2018; “Occam’s Razor,” 2018, last shown during his solo exhibition “Infinite Abstraction” at Bruno David Gallery in 2019.
Colangelo’s paintings are generated from hand drawings and digital media exploring the infinite possibilities of abstraction. Inspired by geometric and biomorphic abstraction, the work experiments with the endless and unique combinations that result from a personal reflexive process and computational system. Remixing, sampling and riffing off of iconic modern and contemporary paintings, the fusion of images is manipulated to create a fantastical illusionistic space by morphing, stretching and distorting geometric planes, colors and shapes. Expanding on Colangelo’s daily practice, the result is a generative series of colorful works where meaning is adaptable to shifting cultural and social conditions, in an age of networks and algorithms where everything is fluid. Colangelo feels the issues in painting have become somewhat similar to printmaking; defending its’ relevancy and agency as well as arguing for its historical past. Decidedly, each work is a one-of -a-kind impression that is physically made in the studio without regard to reproducibility.
Carmon Colangelo is a pioneering printmaker whose work combines surrealism and abstraction with the exploration of art history, science, and technology. An enduring feature of Colangelo’s work is the unraveling of free-floating symbols and texts in an aggressive exploitation of various print media. He challenges conventional readings, producing disorienting spatial topologies and striking visual poetics. Colangelo (b. Toronto, Canada) lives and works in St. Louis, MO. His work has been collected by many of the nation’s leading museums, including the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, and the Saint Louis Art Museum.