Gallery Exhibit: Gary Trento, The Human Image in Hand


Gary Trento, The Human Image in Hand
Gallery at the Ann Felton Multicultural Center
September 8 - October 7, 2009

Gary Trento's entire adult life as a practicing painter has been spent believing in the persuasive power of painting; more specifically, in how representational painting can transform the activity of direct observation of the live model in real time and space into meaningful, pictorial structure. His observation of the live model, like Vermeer, Chardin, Ingre, Degas is not about a desire to possess, rather a desire to contemplate and evaluate the nature of appearance. He wants to experience observation, to bring it close, to examine, interpret, to look ‘for’, not ‘at’. Observation is discriminatory, hence the basis for self-knowledge.