Litho-Lino-Mono-More 2021 gallery
The Dayton Society of Artists (DSA) is pleased to present LITHO-LINO-MONO-MORE 2021. The call for art was open to all printmakers, 18 years or older, living, working, or attending school in the state of Ohio. Julie Harris was this year’s juror. This exhibition is sponsored in part by the Dayton Printmakers Cooperative.
"In the Millennial Parade series, I aim to use bold color and design to grab the viewer from across a crowded room. Upon closer inspection, I wish to convey observations about evolving American society. The parade serves as a metaphor for trends of constructing of new realities and their blending, inflated importance, complexity, teaming up, the daily marching by of what matters, and anxiety. Each work intends to express facets of life today."
A student of Gestalt psychology, anthropology, and such illustrators as Norman Rockwell and Joseph Leyendecker, Rienzo uses rich color, powerful composition, and remarkable figurative realism to draw the viewer into the psychic narrative of his paintings. His paintings are subtle, social statements regarding the loss of innocence in American life.
A self-taught artist (he holds a degree in chemical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts), Rienzo believes that the success of any painting primarily lies in its ability to stimulate, to provoke an interpretation or reaction. While maintaining photorealistic qualities, he takes small liberties with design, simplification, perspective and symbolism. Gestalt principles such as continuation, repetition, closure and pragränz create visual tensions that evoke meaning. Visual cues challenge the viewer to make sense of the work, which can be specific to personal experience.
is an experienced juror, past director of the Ohio Realist Group,
three-time author on creativity and market research, living and working
in Cincinnati, Ohio.