Bio & Artist Statement

Domenick-Naccarato-May-2014-Studio

Decay. Rust. Worn and weathered surfaces. Deconstructed curiosities. 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 industrial works of art I create: The water spots around a rusting bolt on a street sign; the random numbers and markings on the back of a truck driving down the highway; the pieces of metal and wood hanging from the roof of a crumbling barn; the remnants of paint drips on a painter’s drop cloth; the disassembled components of industrial machinery. 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.

Much of my flat surfaces include elements of assemblage, making my paintings somewhat sculptural in nature. I’ll often incorporate metal, reclaimed wood, and pieces of hardware as main components of the artwork. The processes, techniques, and mediums I use to create my art will often vary. Sometimes I use plaster to build up the surface and textures, while other times I’ll purposely rust metal to form a patina that looks as if the object were found outside after years of being under the elements. I use conventional construction materials like roofing tar, wood stains, joint compound, or house paint in conjunction with more traditional things such as acrylics, oil, or oil stick. My substrates are most often plywood, but I’ve also used steel and canvas.

I tend to work in series… allowing time for stylistic ideas to evolve and take shape. Examples of these are my Remnants, Wall Segments, and Markings series. Remnants is a series of sculptural assemblages that are inspired by the nuances of what some might refer to as detritus, or debris… perhaps discarded away from some construction or demolition site, or back alley of a warehouse – only to be seemingly found by me and showcased for their beauty. Pieces within my Wall Segments and Markings series tends to mimic certain visuals, including signage, numerals (a serial number perhaps), and other markings that might appear on the side of a train car, the back of a truck, or the steel walls of a dumpster.

The various compositions I create in these vignettes may appear to be random, but objects, mediums, and typographical elements are in fact thoughtfully placed and planned. The commonality between all my works is the exploration of the idea that what we call art can take many forms, even in these kinds of dirty or unkempt surfaces.

 

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
2018 ‘Markings & Surfaces’, Eagle Nest Gallery, Nazareth, PA
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
2018 Assembled Curiosities, Works by Domenick Naccarato and Lindsay Woodruff, The David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries, Allentown, PA
2017 Annual Holiday Show, Connexions Gallery, Easton, PA
2017 Annual Summer Show, Connexions Gallery, Easton, PA
2017 Lehigh Art Alliance 82nd Annual Spring Juried Exhibition, David E. Rodale Gallery at the Baum School of Art, Allentown, PA
2017 Annual Spring Show, Connexions Gallery, Easton, PA
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