Date: July 30 - August 13
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 6, 8 - 10pm
For Tony Vincenti’s MFA show at CentralTrak named "Bardoment" is a blend word, and rightfully so, as he explains his work as a “collage of experience,” mixing still image, moving image, and sound. The artist finds resonance in the description of collage as “the chance meeting of two worlds” and he notes that the process can extend for years.
“I think art is meant to develop a person internally; to help him learn how to organize experience, to see harmonies and to foster harmonic growth." Vincenti finds meditation more helpful to his practice than “art school discourse.” His studies have been focused on Asian art philosophies and concepts, like rasa theory, aucitya, and chi-yun.
Vincenti says he’s drawn to individuals who bring a spiritual or genuinely mystical quality to their vocation. He’s influenced by the likes of Meister Eckhart (a priest), the poet Edward Taylor, and Morihei Ueshiba (a martial artist).
In between academic pursuits, Vincenti has traveled extensively throughout Asia in a spiritual quest and has even worked as a cross-country truck driver. During all of these experiences, he claims to have “collected motifs” which find a home in his “collaged” artworks.
In an attempt to organize an active and creative mind, Vincenti has a collection of personal journals that will be incorporated into the exhibition. These include a “list-book,” (name/title ideas, art ideas, etymological associations, goals, phone numbers, etc) which work to preserve memory and aid in organization. “It's a way of waiting for the kairos," Vincenti said, "and acting later when the opportunity opens up.”
“Art is meant to stop conversation rather than generate conversation. I believe art is communion rather than communication, and so it's not conducive to discourse at the lower levels of subject and 'aboutness.'" - Tony Vincenti
An untitled video still by Tony Vincenti