Disparate Visions at JayJay By Victoria Dalkey Bee Art Correspondent Published: Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 – 12:00 am Both are abstract painters, but that’s where the similarities between Mark Emerson Read more
Submerge Magazine: Issue 159 (April 7 – April 21, 2014)
Michael Sarich’s visual diaries at JayJay By Victoria Dalkey Bee Art Correspondent Published: Thursday, Apr. 3, 2014 – 4:00 pm Mickey Mouse, the Wal-Mart Smiley Face, the Devil Girl Tattoo, Read more
David Wetzl @ JayJay A widely shared expectation for artists is that they reflect the historical moment they inhabit. But for painter David Wetzl that’s never been enough. Wetzl accepts Read more
Consciousness as colorful art By Victoria Dalkey Bee Art Correspondent Published: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 – 6:23 pm David Wetzl is one of the most intriguing artists to have emerged Read more
By Victoria Dalkey Bee Art Correspondent Published: Friday, November 29, 2013 Joan Moment and Roger Berry, two of Sacramento’s top abstractionists, share the space at JayJay this holiday season. Moment Read more
A Moment in Time By Marc Weidenbaum Published in October/November Issue Sactown Magazine Artist Joan Moment reflects on an upcoming Sacramento exhibit and six decades of adventurous art, including landing Read more
Michael Stevens and Suzanne Adan @ JAYJAY By David Roth Published Oct. 13, 2013 SquareCylinder.com If you’ve ever been betrayed, double-crossed, disappointed or threatened with violence, chances are Michael Stevens Read more
Victoria Dalkey: At JayJay, a marriage of the eccentric narrative art By Victoria Dalkey Bee Art Correspondent Published: Thursday, Sep. 26, 2013 – 12:00 am Adan’s “Sugar Daddy” juxtaposes paint-by-number paintings of Read more
Featured piece: Blown kiss by Gary Viviano.
Gary Viviano’s painting Blown Kiss meets the viewer with a disjunctive reality. The objects, figures and forms that are scattered throughout are identifiable things that we have all encountered in real life. Upon an immediate viewing there is a disconnection between the imagery, but this disconnect is temporary. Viviano’s work is not a what-you-see-is-what-you-get type of experience. Viewing the work begins with the eyes but soon engages all of the senses.
Central to the composition, there is the figure of a man pulling two ropes, one in each hand. The tension that the ropes contain is perceptible as the quality of line stretches itself out diagonally across the panel. As the figure pulls the ropes upwards there is a secondary figure to the left who is contemplatively holding the lines casually. He does not appear to be physically struggling like his counter point. The way the figure’s head is constructed suggests a struggle that occurs internally. A dog head pokes out acting as an arrow that urges the viewer to glance to the right. These three elements complete a triad that acts as a cyclical entrance point into the work. Opposite to the triad there is a female figure. Her gesture and the air that surrounds her suggest an atmospheric pull to the right.
Gary Viviano’s work acts a visual prose poem. It doesn’t rely on bells and whistles or fancy rhythmic structure. It doesn’t need to. Lines of connectivity run throughout the work. A veiled hand extends itself to a pair of saturated red lips. A vaguely defined boat sits upon still water. The contour line of an apple awkwardly presents itself. Everything sits in space, but that space is fluid and ever changing. It is not in what Viviano is painting that matters most; it is how he is painting it.
For a closer look at Blown Kiss, as well as other works by Viviano, come visit JAYJAY Wednesday- Saturday, 11am- 4 pm!
5524 B Elvas Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95819
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