EXHIBITION DATE: OCTOBER 31, 2017 - NOVEMBER 25, 2017
RECEPTION: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 6 - 8 PM
The Painting Center is pleased to announce Traces, an exhibition of recent work by Anthony Cuneo, and his first show at The Painting Center. All of the work in Traces developed slowly, layer by layer, playing with textures, and opaque and translucent fields of color. Sometimes marks are scratched through, or laid on top of a surface in graphite or paint. All kinds of mark-making tools have been used, from brushes, to fingers, to repurposed packaging forms. Shapes derived from decorative traditions, and images linked to personal memories come and go throughout the series. Cuneo remains interested in the charged tensions between apparent opposites--- chaos and order, emotion and intellect, creation and decay, and even the impulse to beauty wrestling with the desire for truth. The paintings as we see them cover other, earlier states; they both extinguish and very much rely on the attempts that came before them. In this sense, they are visual documents, tracing and illustrating the process of their own creation. Cuneo has exhibited his paintings and photography regularly since receiving his M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar. He teaches at the Montclair Art Museum, and Montclair Kimberley Academy.