Mary Tomas Gallery presents Fred Villanueva and Chris Lattanzio: "Process + Light" opening reception
Mary Tomas Gallery presents “Process + Light,” an exhibit that explores two vastly different approaches to art making. For Fred Villanueva the process is paramount to achieving his expressive paintings, drawings and sculpture even to the point of burying pieces to take on a purposeful weathering. Juxtaposed by Chris Lattanzio's masterfully crafted, simple, complex, clean-lined sculptures bathed in LED light, both artists emote moods that inform their work.
Villanueva uses critical elements in his visual vocabulary. Exploration and experimentation with an expressionist approach to rendering color, texture, decay and spirit are all part of his creative process. Utilizing these elements in his painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture allow Villanueva to continually develop and create images from various phases of his past while informing his current practice. The evolution of work presents a recyclable historicity influenced by writers, poets, philosophers, ancient culture, new technology and his travels across the globe.
Lattanzio, an LED light artist and sculptor, seeks to surround himself with positive energy and playful expression. An expert craftsman, Lattanzio creates transformative yet playful sculptures of people, places and things using a form of relief line drawing in wood or metal developed over two decades. LED light now informs his sculptural pieces allowing Lattanzio to select details to enhance or subtract from the surfaces.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display through March 25.