September 10, 2022 - November 5, 2022
Von Lintel Gallery is proud to present Skywriting, the fourth solo exhibition with the gallery by Rosemarie Fiore, Bronx based painter, sculptor, and performance artist.
Over the last 22 years Fiore has continuously refined her unique Smoke Painting process, which makes use of the colored smoke contained in fireworks. To control and direct the smoke she has fabricated over 200 tools/sculptures, which range in size and complexity from a small hand-held tool to a giant 400 pound fork lift operated tool, which can hold 150 smoke bomb canisters controlled by a series of linked fuses. She uses these devices, as others would use paint brushes. They allow her to distribute the tinted smoke directly on paper, or more recently canvas.
“Wobbles, spinning on and off, in and out of control are drawn with Fiore’s singular artist designed spirographic tools. These tools engage the entire body, or many people's bodies, to move from a fixed point. Building on the surrealistic technique of fumage as well as performance artists such as Carolee Schneeman who worked with the limits of the body and drawing, chance and chaos are tandem forces in Fiore's work. She responds to the physics of the tool she has created and the limits of the smoke bombs they contain- with tube or carton once ignited has a limited amount of pigment or painting ‘time’ within it. “ - Lindsey Landfried
Rosemarie Fiore received her BA from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville and an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Solo and group exhibitions include: Weatherspoon Museum, Greensboro, NC; Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY; The Savannah College of Art & Design Museum of Art, Savannah, GA; The Bronx Museum, NY; The Queens Museum of Art, NY; MOCA, Jacksonvile, FL and The Franklin Institute of Science, Philadelphia, PA. Her work has been reviewed by publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Art in America, The Village Voice and New York Magazine to name a few. She is a recipient of a 2021 National Endowment for the Arts Grant through Penn State University.