“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. ”
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. “
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.
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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