The Periodic Table of Elements Robert DiMatteo

January 10 - June 8


“My work has always been inspired, to one degree or another, by my interest and attention to the Sciences.


This new body of work, THE PERIODIC TABLE OF ELEMENTS, gets to the essence of life and ecosystems by focusing on the natural “elements” themselves which make everything in the natural and synthetic worlds possible.


Congruent with this are my own principle interests with surface and materiality as each work is an experiment with materials and texture – mixing a variety of gels and other additives to the paints in order to achieve the desired effect.  This is the driving force for me with relation to this project. Each element presents a new set of characteristics that need to be studied and assessed. This pushes me to experiment with textures and material effects that speak directly to the physical properties of each element, as well as, direct the color and compositional aspects of the work.  I consider experimentation and imagination to be the two key components in all creative endeavors and these are intrinsic to the creative process in general.


For me, every work should move forward in some way – never repeating motifs or notions about plasticity in order to attain consistency. Rather, painting is first and foremost about attention and discovery – attention for the sake of understanding and discovery for the sake of expression.”

-Robert DiMatteo

 

More Exhibitions

STEEP: A National Teapot Exhibition

STEEP: A National Teapot Exhibition showcases ceramic work that explores the infinite possibilities of the idea of a teapot, juried by Adam Welch, ceramic artist and ACP Executive Director.    Exhibiting Artists:  Juliet Bacchas Sam Briegel Nolan Baumgartner Casey Beck  Marysia Bohrer Laurie Caffery Sue S. Chiu Rod Dugal Stuart Gair Rebecca Graham Tyler Gulden Eric Hoefer Samuel Johnson Jim Kearns Emma Kohn Cindy Laliwala Liz Lurie Mathew McConnell Mariah McLaughlin Yelena Mijares Peter Pincus Debbie Reichard Eric Rempe Josh Scott Yoko Sekino-Bove Sandra Daulton Shaughnessy

COMMUNICATION BETWEEN FORMS

My work has been evolving recently to include more layers, more color and more depth. I’ve been continuing the push to step away from the usual process, which was: draw a shape and fill in the shape. Instead, I’ve been creating organic forms, activating the negative spaces, layering and mixing paints all while continuing to think as if the forms were communicating with each other. For a long time I was compelled to create very crisp and clean lines in my work. The “graphic designer”

Nature Restores

When working in plein air I try to convey the sense of peace that I feel when working outside, surrounded by the light that I attempt to capture. Interacting with nature is an invigorating force and landscape painting is a timeless art form that reflects our past, and our future. The changing seasons of New Jersey echo the rhythms of our lives. The interplay between a tree and the sky or light and shadow represent the essence of our natural world that should be cherished.

Donor Wheel

More than 2,000 donors are acknowledged in this one-of-a-kind sculpture by Joshua Kirsch

Neighborhood Portrait

The Neighborhood Portrait Quilt is part of a permanent exhibition that tells a story of important leaders and residents.