Anthony Giannini: Mess Head
Diane Rosenstein Gallery is pleased to present Anthony Giannini: Mess Head, his first solo exhibition with the gallery. Consisting of new work from his Table Top Still Life and Remnant series, Giannini uses gesture, appropriation, screen-printing, and color theory to create intensely layered paintings. The artist, who lives in Detroit and The Bronx, takes a polyphonic approach in orchestrating imagery surrounding notions of identity, religion, and politics.
Giannini uses a complex improvisational process that includes still lifes, image manipulation software, screen-printing and stenciling; and he moves between both physical and digital modes of production. Interweaving the personal, political, ordinary and the sacred through a rigorous formal complexity, the paintings in Mess Head live between representation and abstraction.
So much crap in my head
So many rubbishy facts,
So many half-baked
theories and opinions….
So much political swill.
So much crap, Yet
so much I don’t know
and would dearly like to
I recognize nearly none
of the bird songs of dawn-
All I'm sure of is
the maddening who,
who-who of the doves… (from C.K. Williams, “Doves,” 2003)
The paintings in Mess Head are a visual response to the inundation of repetitive imagery and doublespeak in digital culture. His work is an effort to transform these temporary flickers into visual bird songs, to extract a gestural poetry from a rapidly changing environment. He balances his internal and personal histories with the legacy of his family against the onslaught of dizzying data that arrives with daily life.
Anthony Giannini, Divide, 2018
Anthony Giannini, Remnant (Enumerate 1), 2018
Anthony Giannini, Remnant (Enumerate 2), 2018
Anthony Giannini, Remnant (Enumerate 3), 2018
Anthony Giannini, Remnant 22, 2018
Anthony Giannini, Remnant 23, 2018
Anthony Giannini, Residuum Study 1, 2018
Anthony Giannini, Still Life Landscape (Tonal Accretion 3), 2018
Anthony Giannini, Still Life Landscape (Trepidation), 2018
Anthony Giannini, Table Top Still Life (Residuum 2), 2018
Anthony Giannini, Table Top Still Life (Residuum 3), ca. 2018
Anthony Giannini, Table Top Still Life (Residuum 4), 2018