January 8 — February 13, 2021
Conduit Gallery is honored to announce New Paintings, a solo exhibition of new works by Denton based artist, Vincent Falsetta. This will be Falsetta’s tenth solo exhibition at the gallery.
True to his oeuvre, Vincent Falsetta’s new paintings are equally object and illusion, deliberately planned and spontaneously improvised. Each of the seven oil on canvas paintings in the exhibition were painted in 2020. Notes Falsetta, “Although I was not directly referencing the effects of the pandemic on my artwork, I believe it did influence my work. I feel that the compositions in my paintings have gotten more dense than previous work. I am attempting to keep my visual journey to show survivability and perhaps beauty in an era that forefronts our vulnerabilities.”
Falsetta has become widely celebrated for his investigation of abstract gesture, process, and expression through layers of textured striations of color through paint. The paintings reveal themselves as he creates them – at times, surprising or confounding his expectations. They can be described as objects that evoke the natural world while acknowledging the technology that measures or records it. His paintings, distinctly abstract, tend to suggest waves of sound, light or seismic activity. He elegantly weaves color into each piece using idiosyncratic techniques, applying paint and making the work feel painterly and at the same time meticulously rendered.
Falsetta is interested in the actual physical properties of the paint, the plasticity of the medium and painting as an object. He brushes on, blends, and drags thick oil paint in wet-on-wet technique using various hand pressures, rhythms and speeds. He produces pulsing multi-hued abstractions from a single unified paint film. Although carefully planned in regard to palette and process, his work forms an unexpected blend between the appearance of spontaneity and the appearance of control.
Vincent Falsetta is a Texas-based artist who was born in Philadelphia, PA. He earned an MFA in Painting/Drawing from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia and Rome, Italy in 1974. Falsetta is now a Professor Emeritus of the University of North Texas, where he taught since 1977. Since 1972 Falsetta’s work has been featured in over 50 solo and 350 curated or juried group exhibitions, including: The Texas Biennial 2013, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio; Full Spectrum: Prints from the Brandywine Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania. He is the recipient of several grants including an NEA Fellowship Award in 1996, and his work is included in many public and private collections, such as the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, El Paso Museum of Art, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.