acrylic ink on paper, cut and rearranged
42" x 48"
(b. 1980 – Cromwell, CT) Inspired by networks and systems of infrastructure, Tony Ingrisano maps multiple perspectives onto cut-paper, multimedia collages. Layered as they are, these cartograms are not read as instruction manuals or infographics but rather as diagrammed interpretations of both physical spaces and the human made constructions that occupy these spaces. Electronic circuitry, architectural floorplans, and aerial views of runways, river beds, and agricultural fields are represented with multiple strata of painted, cut, and reconstituted watercolors.
In this painting, the artist depicts a rooftop vantage point in Cusco, Peru, complemented and competing with an overlaid tabulated taxonomy for a specific type of beetle. Both organizational systems, the organic and slow to develop domestic city center and the obtuse and specialized beetle taxonomy, have very different purposes, if similar aesthetic significance. In this painting, a behavioral mystery is revealed. Whether planned or not, humans always arrive at functional organization.
Ingrisano received an MFA from Pratt Institute, NY and a BFA from the University of Vermont. He has had solo exhibitions at 2731 Prospect Gallery, Cleveland, OH, and Lesley Heller Workspace, New York, NY, and has had residencies in Japan, Morocco, Connecticut, and New York. Ingrisano is Assistant Professor and Acting Chair of Printmaking at the Cleveland Institute of Art.