a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
In the creative process, I rely upon intention and care to counterbalance the world of despair often found outside the studio door and on the radio news.
When I paint, I work with the flow of visual energy. Curvilinear geometric figures unfold and float before veiled atmospheres. The collage-like coexistence of flat shapes and illusionistic forms represents proposals of diverse realities and points of view. Activated by the bright palette and by dynamic compositional relationships, I investigate gestural marks and places for the eye to go. In conceptual terms, I am thinking about access to and blockage from resources of any kind, including inner sources and intuition.
Mateo Galvano is engaged with abstraction and its relationship to lyric texts and other forms. He uses painting, drawing, sculpture, digital arts, creative writing, sound and installation to foment conceptual themes that inform the images and objects he makes. His multimedia studio and exhibition practice reflects a position of experimentation with ideas and strategies of display. In Galvano’s approach, the landscape reveals a condition of damage and regeneration, which parallels the traumatized body in search of healing. Galvano’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at locations including Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Aumonerie Saint Jacques in Gordes, France, and others. He has participated in many group shows nationally. Galvano holds an MFA in Studio Art from Ohio University. His work is included in national and international private collections. Recent awards include residency fellowships at Jentel Foundation, Willapa Bay AiR, and Ucross Foundation.