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JON D'ORAZIO

PAINTING & SCULPTURE

PURE PERCEPTION

JON D’ORAZIO

JUST AS THE PRACTICE OF MEDITATION IS AN EXPERIENCE OF OPENING TO NOWNESS AND TO AN APPRECIATION OF ARTFULNESS IN ONE’S LIFE, EACH MOMENT OF PAINTING CAN BE AN OPEN EXPERIENCE LIKE THE FIRST STROKE ON A BLANK CANVAS.

MY PRESENT BODY OF WORK BEGAN IN 1989. AFTER A LONG PERIOD EXPRESSING THE RICHNESS OF THE NATURAL WORLD IN LANDSCAPES, THE TIME HAD COME FOR A LEAP INTO ABSTRACTION. THE TRANSITION CAME ABOUT BY AUSPICIOUS COINCIDENCE. HAVING FOUND SEVERAL BEAUTIFUL SHAPES OF GALVANIZED METAL, I RETURNED TO THE STUDIO AND BEGAN PLAYING ON THEIR SURFACES WITH PAINT AND VARIOUS MIXED MEDIA. I EXPERIMENTED ON THESE AND LATER ON 12″ STAINLESS STEEL DISCS. THIS BROUGHT ME TO THE MIRROR PAINTINGS, A BODY OF ABSTRACTION CONCERNED WITH SPACE AND PURE PERCEPTION. THEY ARE MIRRORS IN THE SENSE THAT THE ABSOLUTE IS A MIRROR OF VASTNESS OUT OF WHICH EVERYTHING ARISES. THE VISION IS EXPANSIVENESS AND WAKEFULNESS. THE PAINTINGS ARE EXPERIENTIAL. MANY ARE QUITE SPACIOUS AND SUBTLE, DEMANDING PATIENCE, WHILE INVITING A FRESH OUTLOOK. THE BASIC SHAPES CONSIST OF CIRCLES, DIAMONDS AND SQUARES. THE QUALITY OF LIGHT AND ONE’S MOVEMENT ABOUT THEIR SPACE IS INTEGRAL TO EXPERIENCING THEM.

THE MIRROR PAINTINGS HAVE GIVEN BIRTH TO ADDITIONAL SERIES OF WORKS, MANY OF WHICH ARE IN GROUPS OR MULTIPLES. THEY ARE LIKE PLAYS OF ENERGY ARISING FROM SPACE, A FEAST OF FLAVORS AND COLORS THAT NATURALLY OCCUR, INTERACTING EVERYWHERE IN OUR LIVES AND TOUCHING US DEEPLY.

SUDDENLY, OUT OF NOWHERE, I HAVE BEGUN A SERIES OF SCULPTURAL WORKS. MANY OF THESE ARE FLOOR PIECES.THEY HAVE MANIFESTED MOSTLY FROM FOUND MATERIALS, SOME OF WHICH INCLUDE LARGE GLASS LENSES. THEY ARE THREE- DIMENSIONAL EXPRESSIONS OF THE MIRROR PAINTINGS.

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