Tarentino’s shimmering night paintings depict houses, yards and gardens illuminated by artificial lights hung on solitary ornamental trees. Carefully drawn, the masked geometric shapes create containers for less controlled, unruly painterly approaches such as pouring and pooling. The dark images, laced with silver metalic pigment, evoke a palpable sense of longing and loneliness as they emerge from the blackness. An assistant professor at Brown University, Tarentino is working toward several shows, including a 2014 solo at Mixed Greens in New York.
[Image above: Leigh Tarentino, untitled, 2013, acrylic on panel, 24 x 30 inches.]
Like Tarentino, RISD professor Duane Slick relishes controlled and thoughtful application of paint. From raw canvas to thick, clay-like surfaces, Slick creates multilevel images in red, black and white. While a 2010 research fellow at the Indian Arts Research Center in Santa Fe, Slick spoke of his paintings and their relationship to his Native American heritage:
I am interested in the visual representation of the metaphysical world-view and learning more regarding the visual legacies of pattern, design, and clan symbols. I do not want to limit my research to issues of death and dying, but the evolving social and religious structures in tribal visual arts that mediate and interpret the world around us. I view this research as important in further clarifying and specifying the role of the iconography developing in my work.
“Duane Slick and Leigh Tarentino,” Chazan Gallery at Wheeler, Providence, RI. Through December 11, 2013.
Strassman, Kolodziejczyk, Slick in Boston (2007)