The Umbrella Community Arts Center is pleased to present an exhibition of works by yearlong Umbrella Artist-in-Residence Nicholas Anthony Mancini.
The exhibition comprises paintings and one print made by Mancini during his 2018-19 residency at The Umbrella. This exhibition will be the artist’s first since he graduated from Boston University’s MFA program in 2017.
Mancini’s oil paintings focus on how we identify our sense of place as we navigate our surroundings. In many works the viewer’s location is disrupted, the gaze moves between multiple spaces, surfaces shift from spacial to flat. Mancini’s subjects include spaces that are intimate and familiar as well as public and unexplored. He is interested in the juxtaposition of a space embodying memories and emotions and a space void of personal attachment. The paintings exhibit dualisms, images within images, framing devices that truncate and divide, and geometric organization. Mancini paints in close color relationships, relying more on subtle shifts in temperature rather than contrasting values.
Mancini continues his examination of space in his ‘viewfinder’ paintings. The artist employs a translucent polyester as his substrate which enables him to trace the motif directly onto the fabric in acrylics. This process challenges the idea of perception existing on a single plane and having a fixed point. The single work on paper is a blind embossment depicting two rectangles that insinuate windows looking out on a landscape.
The exhibition is on view at The Umbrella Arts Gallery, 40 Stow St, Concord, MA from August 1st – September 15th, and the opening reception will be held Friday August 9th, 7 – 9 pm.