The structures that surround us provide the boundaries that help define and clarify our collective understanding of the world. Their very presence however demarcates the moment of subversion where these structures can be broken down and changed.
The spaces in my work depict moments of transformation and magic. The rich patterning of these spaces is dense with visual surprise and reference. Some spaces are filled with foreboding forms such as dark fire and cloud-like mists that appear to seep through various Sicilian porticos disrupting spatial certainty. Others, archetypical forms like the “Arch” and the “Portal” line technicolor corridors that peer out into a horrific black abyss from a Giallo film. In these spaces I’ve mined my own relationship to histories of art, family, and self.
These lavish interior spaces collapse and extend using patterning and flatness that eliminates hierarchies between foreground and background, form and formlessness, clarity and confusion. Each picture not only exhibits an interior logic but also presents distinct idiosyncrasies suggesting differentiations in time, event, or architecture. These defined moments are subverted and broken down to begin to illustrate the fluidity of one's full identity and one's relationship to histories both individual and shared.
Vincent Stracquadanio is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. He earned his MFA from the Yale School of Art and a BA in visual arts from Fordham University. He is represented by Good Naked Gallery (NY) and has shown at New Release (NY), Trestle Gallery (NY), Artspace (CT), among others. He was a nominee for the Rema Hort Mann emerging Artist Grant and is the recipient of both the Gamblin Paint Award from Yale School of Art and the James Storey Memorial Visual Arts Award. Stracquadanio has taught at the Yale University Art Gallery and is currently a museum educator at the Jewish Museum and an adjunct professor at Fordham University.