Bio & Artist Statement

Domenick-Naccarato-May-2014-Studio

Decay. Rust. Worn and weathered surfaces. That is what inspires me today.

I try to take those unremarkable, often times undesirable things that I see in my everyday surroundings and use them to guide me in the abstract works of art I create: The water spots around a rusting bolt on a street sign; the oil stains on the mud flaps of a truck driving down the highway; the pieces of metal and wood hanging from the roof of a crumbling barn; the half-faded markings or signage on the side of a building. These things are all around us typically going unnoticed, but for some reason, they are what stand out to me and catch my eye. They are beautiful to me. When I create a new piece, I keep these images in mind and attempt to replicate them to some degree.

Over the past 15 years, a number of my pieces include some element of assemblage, and more so lately than any other time. I’ll often use metal, wood, and pieces of hardware as the central focus of the artwork, building around it and letting the object dictate what the rest of the work should be, always keeping in mind these other elements of inspiration I mention. And though there are often times sculptural elements in my work, I still mostly refer to them as paintings.

The process, techniques, and mediums I use to create my art will vary. Sometimes I use plaster to build up the surface and textures, while other times I’ll melt wax and use encaustic techniques to do the same. I use uncommon media like roofing tar, wood stains, or house paint in conjunction with more traditional things such as acrylics, oil, or oil stick.

I make no claims to the specific meaning of my artwork. At its core, the reason I make art is because it satisfies an inherent need I have to create.

 

ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIPS
Arts Community of Easton
Lehigh Art Alliance

EDUCATION
May 1998 BFA degree in Fine Art with Honors from The College of New Jersey

ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2016 ‘Wall Segments & Markings’, Easton Hospital Gallery at the State Theatre for the Arts, Easton, PA
2016 ‘Remnants’, Bethlehem City Rotunda Gallery, Bethlehem, PA
2016 Montgomery Theater, Souderton, PA
2015 Local Artist Spotlight, Kemerer Museum, Bethlehem, PA
2014 Ten Gallon Hat Winery, Chadds Ford, PA
2014 Capital Blue Artist Series, Capital Blue Store, Center Valley, PA
1999 Udo’s Gallery Space, Cranbury NJ

GROUP EXHIBITIONS, FESTIVALS, & ART CRAWLS
2016 Spring Show, Bethlehem House Gallery, Bethlehem, PA
2016 3 Person Invitational, Nazareth Center for the Arts, Nazareth, PA
2016 Lehigh Art Alliance 81st Annual Spring Juried Exhibition, Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA
2015 Lehigh Art Alliance 80th Annual Fall Juried Exhibition, Siegel Gallery, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
2015 Riverside Festival of the Arts, Easton, PA
2015 Color & Form Juried Exhibition, The Baum School of Art, Allentown, PA – 4th place award for ‘Markings: D310
2015 LAA Invitational Exhibition, Bethlehem Rotunda Gallery, Bethlehem, PA
2015 Lehigh Art Alliance 80th Annual Spring Juried Exhibition, Payne Gallery, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA
2015 Collage/Assemblage – Materials & Techniques, Communications Hall Gallery, Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA
2014 Gifted Holiday Show, The Art Trust Gallery at Meridian Bank, West Chester, PA
2014 Annual Holiday Show, Connexions Gallery, Easton, PA
2014 Arts Community of Easton Fall Group Show, State Theater Center for the Arts, Easton, PA
2014 Riverside Festival of the Arts, Easton, PA
2014 Lehigh Art Alliance 79th Annual Spring Juried Exhibition, Martin Art Gallery, Baker Center for the Arts
at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA – Air Products Foundation award recipient for ‘Wall Segments No.13 – 82
2014 Art of the State, State Museum, Harrisburg, PA
2014 Chester County Studio Tour, Chester Springs, PA
2014 2nd Annual LAA Simply Abstract Group Show, City Hall Rotunda Gallery, Bethlehem, PA
2014 Chester County Studio Tour Preview Show, The Art Trust Gallery at Meridian Bank, West Chester, PA
2014 16th Annual ACE Studio Tour, Easton, PA
2014 Altered and Assembled Group Show, Connexions Gallery, Easton, PA
2014 Fairmount Arts Crawl, Philadelphia, PA
2014 Spring Collection, Connexions Gallery, Easton, PA
2014 Upcycled Masterpieces, Quadrant Gallery, Easton, PA
2013 Annual Holiday Show, Connexions Gallery, Easton, PA
2013 Lehigh Art Alliance 78th Annual Fall Juried Exhibition, Siegel Gallery, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
2013 Arts Community of Easton Fall Group Show, State Theater Center for the Arts, Easton, PA
2013 Riverside Festival of the Arts, Easton, PA
2013 Lehigh Art Alliance Simply Abstract Group Show, City Hall Rotunda Gallery, Bethlehem, PA – 3rd place award for ‘One Pipe Fitting Tethered to Four Screws
2013 Arts Community of Easton Spring Group Show, Sigal Museum, Easton, PA
2013 The Lehigh Art Alliance 78th Annual Spring Juried Exhibition, Crayola Gallery at the Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA
2013 Fairmount Arts Crawl, Philadelphia, PA
2013 New Bridge Group Show ‘Out of the Blue’, Antonio Salemme Foundation, Allentown, PA
2004 TCNJ Alumni Show, Holman Gallery, Ewing, NJ
2001 Mercer County Artists 2001 Annual Exhibit, Mercer College Art Gallery, West Windsor NJ
2000 Mercer County Artists 2000 Annual Exhibit, Mercer College Art Gallery, West Windsor NJ
1999 TCNJ Annual Faculty Art Exhibit, Holman Gallery, Ewing, NJ
1998 ‘Four Stars Rising’ Group show at Udo’s Small Talk Cafe, Pennington, NJ
1998 The College of NJ Fine Art Exhibition, Ewing, NJ
1998 The College of NJ Student Art Exhibition, Ewing, NJ
1997 The College of NJ Student Art Exhibition, Ewing, NJ
1997 Trenton Avant-Garde Arts Festival, Trenton, NJ
1997 Salon De Hightstown, Mariboe Gallery, Hightstown, NJ
1997 Mercer County Photography Exhibition, Holman Gallery, Ewing, NJ
1996 Trenton State College Student Art Exhibition, Ewing, NJ
1996 Mercer County Photography Exhibition, Holman Gallery, Ewing, NJ
1995 Matawan Arts Show, Matawan, NJ
1995 Trenton State College Student Art Exhibition, Ewing, NJ