casein and marble dust ground on panel
16" x 12.75"
By layering blocks of color, bold patterns, and stark diagonals, Gianna Commito builds fields of color that are at once flat geometric abstractions and explorations of depth and space. Intersecting lines cut sharply through planes of foggy earthen tones, which, in turn, are set on top of hard-edged, brightly colored shapes. Striped patterns, rather than flattening the piece, provide a reference point from which to look back and orient one’s self before following the lines on to another section of the painting.
In Darrow, one may discern a still-life composition with a shallow depth of field. Bowls, balls, bookends, and cutting boards seem to comprise the foreground, taught and gathered drapery provides the backdrop. More than this, there appears to be a metaphysical quality to the painting. The marble dust pigment accentuates a strange arrangement: a spotlighted orb floats above a cleansing bowl, the shifting shadows or sound echoes they create push the viewer into disorientation. The scene now conjures a candlelit ritual room filled with emblematic wall patterns and miracles revealed.
Commito received an MFA in painting at the University of Iowa. She has exhibited work across the US, including at the William Busta Gallery, Cleveland, OH, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC, and The Drawing Center, NY. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards including the Ohio Arts Council Award (2017), Cleveland Arts Prize Emerging Artist Award (2015), and the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant (2004). Commito is Associate Professor at Kent State University’s School of Art.