Domenick Turturro S/N Abstract Print, "Wedding"
Paper Size: 18" x 40"
All-over abstraction tends to lure painters toward heroics. Domenick Turturro's new paintings show all-over patternings, yet he avoids the difficulties of his style admirably. They are covered in a gestural fashion, but the artist's hand is always guided by a notion of shape particular to each work. Sometimes this shape is islandlike and orange, floating in profusion against a dark background. Sometimes the shapes are fan- or flower-like, scraped onto the surface in arcs to achieve an effect of bright translucency. Occasionally, a very subtle reference to printed fabrics is made. Here, low-keyed shapes are repeated across the surface with variations that suggest the play of very soft interior light. Turturro's range of color is extraordinary, from keyed-up, "artificial" aquas and magentas to maroons and ochres which seem almost to have acquired a patina of use. This latter effect is an illusion, a helpful one. It reminds the viewer that paintings do indeed have a use, they are intended to engage the eye. This can be done, as so many allover painters attempt to do by overwhelming the eye. Turturro avoids the grandiose by holding the scale of pictorial incident to a very intimate scale. The eye enters his paintings where shapes float toward each other or touch or overlap in especially interesting ways. The eye stays with "the painting because it is always guided toward variations" on the initial incident whatever it may be in a particular viewing. Sometimes the eye is drawn over this surface. Sometimes it is drawn into the shallow space between shapes. Occasionally the patterning is so complex that one almost has the sense of seeing behind shape, another illusion, this time a quietly dazzling one. The illusion means, in effect, that Turturro's imagery finds a completeness, a selfenclosed sufficiency, in spite of its potential limitlessness. Instead of exhausting themselves in striving for the monumental, these paintings come to rest in a beautifully balanced realization of their particular premises.SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS Aspects Gallery, New York A.M. Sachs Gallery, New York Al bright Knox Art Gallery Members Gallery, Buffalo, New York 21st New England Silvermine Guild, New Canaan, Conn. SELECTED ONE-MAN SHOWS 1968 Allan Stone Gallery, New York 1971 Allan Stone Gallery, New York 1974 Allan Stone Gallery, New York MUSEUM COLLECTIONS Joseph H. Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C. Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mass. Museum of Modern Art-Lending Department, New York Witherspoon Museum, North Carolina The Greenville County Museum, South Carolina