"Where the Sand Meets the Sea," Select Paintings by Jospeh Patrick Arnegger
The exhibition will be presented in the Great Hall and Blue Room Gallery from May 26 - June 19.
Joseph Patrick Arnegger
Over the last two decades, Joseph Patrick Arnegger has explored painting, materials and techniques in the classroom, in his own studio and through mentorship. The resulting style pays homage to his family’s history and his own personal memories.
Synthesizing issues of realism and abstraction, Arnegger’s work recalls elements of vintage advertising in combination with art historical references. His work is nostalgic for a way of painting, and a way of life, that has vanished. His images of popular culture, from the past, resonate in the artistic awareness of the present. While figures and places in his paintings may appear iconic, for him, the references are personal. They are memories that helped form who he is as a person and an artist.
Having a relationship with his materials is a key element of how each piece of art begins. His paintings are objects that are sculptural in their construction. They are structures often made of found wood or industrial metals. These components, that form the basis of his paintings, already have a history of their own. Arnegger wants the patina of these found objects to endow his paintings with a presence that is richly layered and complexly nuanced.
Gesture and texture are fundamental components in Arnegger’s work. He often starts a composition with paint or pencil using a gestural mark that is an abstraction of a halo motif. This gestural shape, reminiscent of a cloud, is central to his work often forming the initial layers of a painting. The continued addition and subtraction of abstract marks, often including imagery and text, results in his distinct surfaces. This practiced approach, when combined with his signature painting style of saturated color and deliberate mark making, creates boldly powerful images.
Arnegger’s work combines the nostalgia of the past and the familiarity of found materials in a manner that bridges the gap between sculpture and paint. The resulting pieces are unconventionally beautiful yet deeply moving, demanding a second look.