January 13 — February 17, 2024

Vincent Falsetta Retrospective: Works from 1975 - 2023



Conduit Gallery is honored to announce a gallery-wide solo exhibition of works by Denton based artist, Vincent Falsetta. This will be Falsetta’s eleventh solo exhibition at the gallery.

Vincent Falsetta’s retrospective highlights several areas of development including a special focus on early works from 1975 to 1988 including the Sound Wave Series, a suite of four works on paper that date from 1975 and 1976. These acrylic on paper paintings are meticulously rendered with a style that is both formal and intimate. A group of paintings on canvas from the 1980s are the largest in the show and develop on canvas the same compositional approach as do the Sound Wave works on paper.

A group of large-scale paintings from 1997 mark a significant departure in concept, medium and stylistic approach to the earlier tightly rendered paintings from the 1980s and early 1990s. In that year, new ideas led to a new medium as he shifted from working in acrylic to working in oil paint. The result was a looser, more gestural visual impact all the while still adhering to the horizontal and vertical grid structure that had been and to this day lives as the base layer of all Falsetta’s paintings.

Falsetta’s deliberate spontaneity is built on an ever-present grid pattern that determines the movement of paint (and the viewer’s eye) across the canvas. Though distinctly abstract, his paintings tend to suggest waves of sound, water, light, or seismic activity. There is a feeling of a steady electric flow, akin to a visual electro-magnetic field that pulls the eye in every direction simultaneously.

Four new paintings from 2022 and 2023 continue his investigation of abstract gesture. The paintings feel painterly and at the same time obsessively rendered. An installation of index card drawings and several text drawings that resemble a diary or to-do list will also be on display in the gallery’s Project Room space.

Vincent Falsetta, born in Philadelphia, PA in 1949, is currently based in Denton, TX. He earned an MFA in Painting/Drawing from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA and Rome, Italy in 1974. Falsetta is now a Professor Emeritus of the University of North Texas, Denton, TX, where he taught since 1977. Since 1972, Falsetta’s work has been featured in over 52 solo and 350 curated or juried group exhibitions. His work is included in many public and private collections: the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX; El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX; Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX; Exxon Corporation; Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, TX; Sheldon Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, IN; Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT, and Galleria Cavallino, Venice, Italy.


Artists in this Exhibition

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