ArtdailySeptember 8, 2020
Mariano Ferrante, N21/19 (diptych), 2019, tempera marker and acrylic on canvas, each: 12 1⁄2 x 12 1⁄2 inches (31.8 x 31.8 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Art Projects International, New York.
Artdaily, September 8, 2020
“Art Projects International opens an exhibition of works by Mariano Ferrante”
by Erik Bakke
New York, NY.– For another painter, Mariano Ferrante’s small paintings on canvas would be standalone works. For Ferrante, they are studies for his complex, intricate, larger paintings. These smaller works offer isolated geometric elements that become building blocks, or even overarching patterning, for larger works’ dizzyingly dense, multi-hued architectures of circles, squares, diamonds, zigzags, and waves. In the more intimate triptychs, diptychs, and single panel paintings, the isolated forms are outlined in one or a few colors in tempera marker on an acrylic ground. These reductive experiments of form against ground come from a more playful and perhaps more personal conversation Ferrante is having with his media, his viewers, and his future work.