Have you ever heard of “painthography”? I haven’t, until today. In this case, painthography, or paintography, is the purposeful manipulation of photographs with the use of paint. It’s kind of crazy, right?
Luca Pizzaroni is one artist that uses this technique for his works. Pizzaroni will have his exhibition, “Gone with the Wind” display at Chelsea gallery Fred Torres Collaborations. I contacted the gallery and Elana Rubinfeld was kind enough to send me a press release for this event. For the past 20 years, or so, Pizzaroni has been collecting photographs from anonymous photographers. He has created a narrative between the photos and then tied them all together by dipping them in paint. The result: painthography.
The photos were taken from the ‘50s to ‘90s and cover a wide variety of subjects. I particularly enjoy this quote from the artist, “Gone with the Wind gathers the intimate accidents of genuine novice film photographers from the 1950's to the 1990's, and adds an additional layer of accidental information through strong abstract-expressionistic oil painting and scanning techniques.”
Luca Pizzaroni: "Gone with the Wind" will be on display at Fred Torres Collaborations from June 9 to September 2, 2011. An opening reception will be held on June 9 from 6-8p.m.
Fred Torres Collaborations
527 West 29th Street
New York , NY 10001