Heftler Visiting Artist
Giovanni DeCunto: Lost and Found
Wednesday, October 29 – January 8, 2015
Thursday, November 20
Gallery Talk: 4:00 p.m.
Reception: 5:00 p.m.
Exhibition, reception, and public artist talk are free and open to the public.
Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Galleries at the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts will be closed on November 26 – 28,
and December 24 – January 5, 2015
|Described as a “voyeur of contemporary culture,” Giovanni DeCunto brings his recent series of paintings, Lost and Found, to the North Shore with a solo exhibition in the Heftler Visiting Artist Gallery at Endicott College. Of the seven enormous works on view in Endicott’s Walter J. Manninen Center of the Arts through January 8, Giovanni expounds, “I paint for humanity. I call to arms the eternal spirit of man; the builder; the organizer; and the evolutionary spirit that creates civilizations.” The public is encouraged to view these iconoclastic works this month, and meet the artist on Thursday, November 20 for a public gallery talk starting at 4:00 p.m. followed by a reception at 5:00 p.m.
||Driven to paint at the young age of seven, Giovanni knew that he would be an artist of such strength and talent that the world would know of him. And sure enough what transpired was a life-long artistic exploration of civilization, culture, and the intersecting themes of individualism and freedom. Giovanni’s paintings have been acquired by major institutions worldwide, including; the Smithsonian, Harvards’ Fogg Museum, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Historical Collection, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Reusch Collection in Zurich, and the Ueno Royal Museum in Tokyo.
In contrast to earlier works which included celebrities such as Gianni Versace, Michael Jordan, Robert DeNiro, Frank Sinatra, and JFK Jr., Lost and Found is a series of more ambiguous subjects. Densely layered paintings consisting of both images and texts, they are camouflaged with a myriad of color and patterning. Uniting the paintings is a stream of consciousness “poetic story,” that Giovanni produced in a creative writing course.
The writings, presented both within the paintings as painterly graphics, and on more legible panels adjacent to each painting, begin by setting the stage, “High on a ridge in the south of France; Overlooking a low-lying scape; On such a cold day in Autumn; The sun was sharp and the shadows deep, As the Shepard boy was huddled in the hollow of a tree.” Universal themes abound, including dreams, dark forests, death, fantasy, a medieval queen, castles, love, truth, and even a drawbridge. In his ongoing effort to blend altruism, equality, and freedom Giovanni has again partnered with Endicott College Boston by donating a significant portion of sales from this exhibit to benefit its Annual Scholarship Program.
Dean of the Visual and Performing Arts, Mark Towner, eagerly shared his appreciation of Giovanni and the exhibit, saying, “How often do we get to experience monumental works with archetypal themes that express social concern, passion, technical sophistication, and unique aesthetics? Rarely, yet here we have it, for our students and the entire North Shore to experience first-hand. Furthermore, this particular series of Giovanni’s paintings engage viewers unlike most works of art: It is up to the audience to weave together the literary and painterly themes and emerge with their own tale of mythological quests.” Housed within Endicott’s School of Visual and Performing Arts, the exhibit complements the degree programs that help artists secure creative careers; Art Therapy, Arts Education, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Photography and Studio Art.
For further information regarding Giovanni DeCunto: Lost and Found and related programming please contact Kathleen Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-232-2655.