August Ventimiglia: Chance Encounter
January 8 – February 3, 2015
Reception: Friday, January 16, 7-9pm
August Ventimiglia, Journey's End, Kon-Tiki, 2013, blue snap-line chalk on book pages
August Ventimiglia, Setting Out, Kon-Tiki, 2013, blue snap-line chalk on torn paper cover
August Ventimiglia, Untitled (black twist), 2011, black snap-line chalk on paper
August Ventimiglia, Untitled (Yellow Radial), 2010, yellow snap-line chalk on BFK Rives paper
August Ventimiglia, The Story of Mankind, 2013, torn paperback book cover
August Ventimiglia, Graduation, 2007, chalk on wooden box
August Ventimiglia, Event Study, RedSeries No. 4, 2009, blue snap-line chalk on paper
August Ventimiglia, Event Study #6 , 2009, blue snap-line chalk on paper
August Ventimiglia, Fall, 2011, blue snap-line chalk on wall
August Ventimiglia, Portal, 2010, blue snap-line chalk on wall
August Ventimiglia, Borrowed Lines, from The Voyage of Argo, 2013, graphite, ballpoint pen ink, on book pages on Canson paper
Montserrat College of Art is excited to announce August Ventimiglia: Chance Encounter, now on view in the Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery. The exhibition calls to mind the balance between precision and chance. Inspired by artists such as John Cage and Merce Cunningham, Ventimiglia’s practice incorporates interdisciplinary themes such as music, chance operation and discovery.
Chance Encounter looks primarily at Ventimiglia’s evocative production of line through collage and drawing. A portion of the show features work from “Event Series”, a collection of blue and black snap-chalk lines. Traditionally used to create straight, flat lines for construction/carpentry, Ventimiglia employs the snap-chalk line as poetic cadence, rather than a practical tool. His marks are precise in that each are planned and plotted, however Ventimiglia invests in the split second, the chance encounter where the line meets the paper and the chalk lays to rest where it may.
"Event Study, No. 6" (2009) illustrates the intention of hand-made practice with the spontaneous influence of chance. Ventimiglia’s process is painstakingly calculated, completely void of gesture. However, the final composition of "Event Study, No. 6" alike the other exhibited line drawings, reveal gesture. Within every detail: unpreventable chalk splatters, differentiations in line thickness dependent on how worn the chalk line is, etc. preserves a transfer of mark making and a blind faith in chance.
Also on view are a collection of ink lines cut from pages of various books. The series, entitled "Borrowed Lines" is a composite manifestation of found underlining, collage and text. Each composition originated from pages of classic anthropology and literature books. Ventimiglia carefully cuts out each underlined text, transferring and reassembling each line on another sheet of paper. While the factual text is lost forever, we remember that whatever it read, was considered important to the reader.
Ventimiglia has exhibited nationally, with solo shows at Matteawan Gallery; June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland, ME; and Judi Rotenberg Gallery, Boston, MA. His work has been featured in group exhibitions at 808 Gallery, Boston University, Boston, MA; the 2011 Portland Museum of Art Biennial in Maine; and the 2010 DeCordova Biennial, DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA. Ventimiglia received a BA in anthropology from The University of Pennsylvania and studied art and theory at the Maine College of Art. He lives in Wellesley, MA.
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