ANTHONY CLEMENTI Paintings

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ANTHONY CLEMENTI

“Clementi’s painterly interpretations of sites of catastrophes are depicted with a critical (and perhaps deliberately neutral) gaze that lifts his carefully rendered eerie realities to a level of social protest. In what appears to be a rapid perhaps even urgent application of pigment, he describes visual truths in a manner that alludes to the transient visual vocabularies of journalistic/ documentary  verisimilitude.

His are dire warnings of the approaching dystopia that may, in fact, have already arrived. ”

Tom Smart

CAPTURE 2014: Nova Scotia Realism

“A contemporary preoccupation with painters in general, let alone realists, is the concept of fragmented reality. The unreal in the real. Something is broken and can’t be fixed, therefore man continues to go through the existential motions of life. Clementi has stayed one step ahead of that slow and methodological position of the old realist strategy (that of Robert Henri’s journalist/artist plodding through the mud), and picks up the broken pieces of the visual world which are then in turn used to address the social and the immediate. The artist  makes us stop and take note of the urgency behind the history of social realism as it takes place both in and beyond our borders today. “
Steven Rhude

ANTHONY CLEMENTI has been an artist, exhibition curator and art educator for more than 30 years. He participated in  more than 60 exhibitions in North America and Europe. He has taught at Pratt Institute , Nassau College , New York Institute of Technology and the College of Mount Saint Vincent in New York and Mount Saint Vincent University in Nova Scotia , Canada. He has been a Executive Director of the Children’s Museum in Utica New York, and has curated exhibitions in Manhattan and Long Island, New York.

He presently lives and works in Nova Scotia, Canada with his wife Patricia Caryi.

Contact: clementi@bellaliant.net

Phone: 902 850-2208 Cell:902 497-4436

Alone at Acadia Online Opening February 10, 2021 7pm (All are Invited)

This pandemic has shown how integral art is to our daily lives, sense of community and well- being. This curated exhibition presents the work of 18 Nova Scotian artists whose work responds to, reflects on the impacts of covid-19. 

The online exhibition and related programming will be launched on February 10th. 

Established in 1978, the Acadia University Art Gallery is a space for research, dialogue and community engagement with art.

artists: Rose Adams, Wayne Boucher, Geoff Butler, Louis-Charles Dionne, Frances Dorsey, Toni Clementi, Brandt Eisner, Celine Gabrielle, Annik Gaudet, Francois Gaudet, Bob Hainstock, Basma Kavanagh, Laura Kenney, Alexandra McCurdy, Bill Shaw, Susan Tooke, Miya Turnbull, Christopher Webb.

Virtual Exhibition At Link Below

http://gallery.acadiau.ca/Acadia_Art_Gallery/Exhibitions.html

Twelfth of August, 2017, Acrylic On Canvas, 36×48″, 2017-21.

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History Painting:

I began this painting on a large canvas and then I abandoned it for more than three years and stored in my basement so I did not have to look at it everyday. Recently while retrieving a tool from the basement , I saw it and thought I would give it another try. Based on the documentary photo by Zach D. Roberts of the assault of DeAndre Harris by six men in a Parking Garage in Charlottesville Virginia. The assault followed an “exchange of words” by the assailants and s few counter protesters as the police pushed them toward East Market Street. I tried to capture the afternoon light streaming into the darkened Parking Garage and the shock of sudden violence. The video repeated again and again at the time and cell phone images and videos taken by the participants and witnesses were used in the making of the painting. As in events of this kind, the identity and even number of assailants has changed over time. The seemed to be six. In my painting although three men are beating Harris with an umbrella, shield a pole and boards , three men, one hidden behind the ticket entry at right and two coming toward them from East Market street are shown. As I was doing the painting, it made me reflect on the event itself but also of Art History; I thought about how Manet assembled carte du photography for his Death Of Maximillian and how Goya painted his Napoloeanic Soldiers in the shadows in his Third of May, 1808. The title was influenced by Goya’s painting.

Alone / Acadia University Gallery Online Exhibition

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𝔸𝕃𝕆ℕ𝔼 ☣ 𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗽 𝗦𝗵𝗼𝘄Opening Reception (Online Edition), next Wednesday, February 10, 7pmThis curated exhibition at the Acadia U Art Gallery presents the work of 18 Nova Scotian artists whose work responds to, and reflects on, the impacts of Covid-19. Participating Artists: Rose Adams, Wayne Boucher, Geoff Butler, Louis-Charles Dionne, Frances Dorsey, Tony Clementi, Brandt Eisner, Celine Gabrielle, Annik Gaudet, François Gaudet, Bob Hainstock, Basma Kavanagh, Laura Kenney, Alexandra McCurdy, Bill Shaw, Susan Tooke, Miya Turnbull, Christopher Webb. Curator: Dr Laurie Dalton,http://gallery.acadiau.ca/Acadia_Art_Gallery/Upcoming.html

Small ” r “Recovery

Endangered

In 2014 , the Brown Bat population of Nova Scotia was decimated by “white nose fungus”; 95% of the population was wiped out and even since have been making a modest recovery, what one scientist called a “small r recovery. At the same time, I read about incidents in Australia where mysteriously , bats were falling from the sky, dead. At the time I did a Painting of the fallen bats.
This painting , which I had forgotten about in storage came to mind when I was reading about the Wuhan Markets that were selling ( secretly ) endangered Pangolins , that might have been infected with Covid-19 through the bite of a bat. Americans were railing against the Chinese for “eating bats” ,even though many in the rural areas eat squirrels and opossum. The Pangolin, which resembles an armadillo , also eaten in the Southwest, has been called an artichoke on four legs because one eats the scales. Perhaps a future painting

Addendum: April 1

Story in the New York Times indicating that researchers are casting doubt on the Pangolin’s role in the current pandemic.

Fallen Bats, Acrylic on Canvas, 30X40″, 2014

Undocumented / Separated

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Since the first days of the Trump Administration, The Southern Border of the United States has become a Crisis Zone. Cruel Tactics by the U.S. Government have created what some have called “concentration camps for migrants, Stranded Mothers and children on the Mexican Side of the Border, many of them from Central America. People have been tear gassed, have been subject to DNA tests and children have been separated from their parents.

Seperated: Miriam, Inez and Rosalita, 2018,; Lineup at Eagle Pass, 2020.

Tijuana

Tijuana: Running Man, , Man With Rug, Tear Gas I, Tear Gas II, 2018, Tear Gas III.

Ice

ICE Series: Partners, Questions, A Knock at the Door and Shining A Light, 2017.