John Torreano's most recent paintings are based on imagined collisions between deep space objects, such as nebula, with images/theories of or about dark matter. While the source images of nebula are actual and scientific, the images of the dark matter, which are from the Hubble gallery, are hyped, or even invented, in order to enhance a visual understanding of what they depict. "By combining these images/concepts of dark matter with images of various nebula, such as Orion or Carina, I find a place of working wherein I have to invent ways to bring these imagined collisions to some kind of painterly resolution. The chaotic nature of these imagined layers of impossible realities, forces me to invent things in the painting of the paintings, I wouldn't have a need for otherwise."
John Torreano has an MFA from Ohio State University (1967) and lives and works in NYC. He began exhibiting with Feature Inc. in 1998, and Impossible Collisions is his fourth solo exhibition with the gallery.
|Dark Matters Collide, 2011; acrylic paint, spray paint, acrylic gems on four panels; 88 x 88” overall; $35,000||Dark Matters Collide with Doradus , 2011; acrylic paint, spray paint, acrylic gems on four panels; 88 x 88” overall; $35,000||Dark Matters Everywhere, 2011; acrylic paint, spray paint, acrylic gems on four panels; 88 x 88” overall; $35,000|